No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
Getting DNA off spent shell casings, that of whoever loaded the firearm, is not a given. Whether it’s burned off with the heat from the firing of the weapon, or just too smooth a surface to collect skin cells, getting a genetic profile from swabbing alone off this most crucial piece of evidence is a forensic challenge.
Enter the Bardole Method: what some are calling a revolutionary new technique to wash down shell casings in sterile solution, then a process of filtering the skin cells that are jostled loose in the process.
Although police say they have a range of evidence in the case, they are touting the strength of what they claim is a 100% DNA match to samples taken from crime scenes decades ago. In response to social buzz around the case, we wanted to explore the concept of a 100% DNA match. What certainty can DNA testing bring to a case?
Reporters have now begun to piece together the puzzle of DeAngelo’s life — how he wore a police uniform by day while the Golden State Killer stalked at night, and raised children in the wake of those crimes, and blended into Northern California suburbia for decades, appearing to his neighbors as little more than a slightly eccentric old man with a temper.