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Clearance Rates. Again.

January 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I was just reading a piece in the Boston Globe titled, Hub police show no gain in solving homicides. There’s a lot I could say, but I’m caught up in the inauguration excitement and not very focused.   A few things in the piece jumped out at me. “He beefed up the unit to 25 […]

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Tags: Cold Case Investigation Facts · Crime Science · Homicide Facts

Evidence and Fingerprint Articles

November 24th, 2008 · No Comments

I have a few articles I want to link to. In keeping with my ongoing obsession with evidence storage, the first is to a Newark Star-Ledger article by Guy Sterling and Rick Hepp titled, N.J.’s lack of rules for storing forensic evidence hinders convicts. It begins:   “In 1991, two years after the first DNA […]

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Tags: Cold Case Investigation Facts · Crime Science

Touch DNA or Low Copy Number (LCN)?

October 1st, 2008 · 10 Comments

There’s been a rash of articles about “touch DNA” this year, which is, as far as I can tell, another name for what is already known as Low Copy Number (LCN).  LCN is a method of getting DNA profiles from very small samples, like a fingerprint (hence the alternative name “touch DNA”) and it was […]

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Tags: Crime Science

DNA Articles

August 31st, 2008 · No Comments

The graphic is from an August 6th article by Kevin Johnson in USA Today called, DNA not kept in half of states.  From the piece:  “Half the states lack requirements to preserve DNA evidence, despite a series of dramatic exonerations based on the critical biological material.”  (After my book I became very interested in the subject […]

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Tags: Crime Science