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!
A team of scientists and experienced investigators from the University of Portsmouth have joined the battle to stop the pangolin becoming extinct, by adapting forensic fingerprinting techniques that lift finger-marks from the scales of these endangered animals.
The geographical location of Costa Rica provides a bridge between criminal networks in South and North America. And while the forensic science department within the country has high quality standards and has made progress toward accreditation, there are continuous efforts needed to strengthening the criminal justice system. Now, a team of forensic experts from West Virginia University has partnered with the Costa Rican government to train and support the country’s scientists, crime scene investigators and medical examiners for the next two years.
Relating to a homicide that happened in December 2017 in Barron County, a second victim has been identified using genetic genealogy as of Tuesday.
Working in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the DNA Doe Project has identified the remains recovered from a wooded area south of Barron, Wisconsin, as Gary Albert Herbst. He was believed to be a homicide victim based on evidence of a gunshot wound to the head, according to a news release.
Author and true-crime buff Michelle McNamara devoted the final years of her life trying to track down the shadowy predator she dubbed the “Golden State Killer” — a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s.
That habit fueled the 2018 bestseller “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” which was completed posthumously after McNamara’s sudden death two years earlier at the age of 46. And now her book is the basis for a riveting six-part HBO documentary series of the same name.
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