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Forensic Heroes: Dr. Henry Lee

Fargo. For those who are familiar with the movie in which I am referencing, you are likely horrified, and about to click over to your happy place, be it Amazon, Target, Walmart or what have you, in order to get the pure trauma out of your mind. Those who are not familiar, and even those that are,...

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Crime Scene Reconstruction: Importance to Scene Documentation and Asking the Right Questions

Crime Scene Reconstruction involves knowledge of crime scenes, crime scene investigation, blood stain pattern interpretation, evidence analysis, and familiarity in interpreting autopsy reports. Crime scene reconstruction experts must work closely with medical examiners, firearm experts,...

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New Guest Blogger--Samantha Hanlon-Beaulieu

Let me introduce you to our newest guest blogger, Samantha (Sam) Hanlon-Beaulieu. I met Sam during a forensic conference I attended in San Diego--actually she found me since she was in the East Coast at the time (and still resides there). Sam has agreed to write a series of blogs involving...

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Getting a Forensic Job Right-Away

A student asked: If I take/enroll in training courses, can I get a forensic job right away? I love questions like these because it allows me to point out why specialized training is needed and what factors must be considered when looking for and applying to forensic jobs. I can't think...

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Does Your Resume Need a Revision?

Students are faced with the challenge of standing out from the sea of job applicants vying for the same (forensic) job position. These days it’s not uncommon to hear an agency with one job posting only to receive hundreds (yes, hundreds) of applicants. Also, it’s not unusual for a job posting to...

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DNA, The Golden State Killer, and Forensic Training Conference

I LOVE SCIENCE! I LOVE DNA! So it was a thrill to me to read about the use of genealogy and GEDmatch to help law enforcement help capture Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer! Although I wasn't familiar with the case, I was familiar with the process of using DNA to...

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Job Burnout?

This week's blog post is from my good friend and colleague, Darren Dake, medico-legal investigator, forensic instructor, online instructor, and creator of CoronerTalk.com, a podcast devoted to the death investigators. I wanted to include his July post since this is a topic you should be aware of...

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Not All Evidence is Created Equal

The below is part of an ongoing audio series exploring why innocent people are convicted. The link is below as well as the transcript of the audio. https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/07/09/hallmarks-of-innocence-forensic-evidence Not all forensic sciences are created equal, and this...

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What is The Investigative Protocol?

Terri here. I was watching some Investigation Discovery episodes about murder cases and the episode I'm watching has do with the Pamela Smart case (she was accused and later convicted of murdering her husband in 1990). This led me to start thinking about the investigative protocol all agencies...

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Basic Crime Scene Photography--The Steps

This week's blog is inspired by a student's question about photography at crime scenes. Student Question: Is there a basic step by step process to capture exterior scenes when coming to a scene? Although each scene is different from others, basic photographic documentation can be broken...

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