Under the Microscope 2023 – Colleen Fitzpatrick

Forensic Genetic Genealogy was recently introduced into court as an investigative lead in the trial of Patrick Leon Nicholas for the 1991 murder of high school senior Sarah Yarborough in Federal Way, WA as a way to address privacy concerns that the defense raised related to the state constitution. This landmark case has brought to the […]

Identification of War Victims in Ukraine Using an Innovative Mobile DNA Lab

On February 24th 2022, Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, launched a special military operation leading to the invasion of Ukraine in the direction of the capital, Kiev. At the end of February, Russian forces took the city of Bucha located in the suburbs of Kiev and occupied the field for a month.   […]

The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 as Told from Survivors and Descendants

Kavin Ross, Chairman of the Mass Graves Investigation Public Oversight Committee in Tulsa, Oklahoma, discusses the work that’s being done to locate and identify victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 when a white mob set the then-prosperous all-black community of Greenwood on fire. All told, all 35 city blocks were burned, including more […]

The Tulsa Race Massacre and Red Summer of 1919 with DeNeen Brown

In this interview, we meet DeNeen L. Brown, a reporter at The Washington Post. After her story on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 was published on the front page of The Washington Post in 2018, the mayor of Tulsa announced the city would reopen an investigation into the search for mass graves that may […]

The Almost Perfect 7 Million Dollar Robbery

In September 2018, an elderly, wealthy local businessman was kidnapped early one morning by a group of masked assailants outside one of his stores. The attackers beat him, tied him up, put him in his own car, and drove to his house without asking for directions. The attackers knew personal details about him and his […]

DNA Identification of Missing and Unidentified US Soldiers

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) was established in 1991 as a division of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System as the only Department of Defense forensic DNA testing laboratory for the identification of members of the US military who lost their lives during conflict.   In this interview, Laura interviews Suni Edson, who […]

Women Advancing Forensics: Charla Marshall

In this interview, ISHI Student Ambassador, Andrea Ramírez Torres, sits down with Charla Marshall, Chief of the Emerging Technologies Section at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL). They discuss what led Charla to work in the field of forensics, and what it’s like being a woman in a STEM field. Charla also shares advice […]

Advocating to Prevent Tomorrow’s Victim

Ashley Spence was the victim of a brutal home invasion and rape when she was a college student at just 19-years-old, but she does not let that define her. Taking time to heal in a new state, she received a call that after 7 years, one more attack, and another attempted attack, a DNA match […]

Keynote Announced for ISHI 34

Are you a seasoned forensic professional or newly minted forensic scientist?  This year’s International Symposium on Human Identification has learning opportunities for attendees just entering the field, those with decades of experience and everyone in between. Registration is now live, so reserve your place through the link above!     What is the mindset needed […]