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Entries from March 2006

Declining Clearance Rates – Part 1

March 27th, 2006 · Comments Off on Declining Clearance Rates – Part 1

Although clearance rates went up a teeny, tiny bit nationally, I’m still curious why they have been generally declining over the years. It was such a huge shock to me to discover while I was writing the book that clearance rates have, in fact, been slowly going down. What really amazed me was, the decline […]

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Tags: Homicide Facts

Slight Improvement in National Clearance Rates

March 21st, 2006 · Comments Off on Slight Improvement in National Clearance Rates

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, in 2004 the national clearance rate was 62.6%. That’s up from 62.4 in 2003%. However, in an FBI preliminary report, murder was up 2.1% nationally in the first six months of 2005 (with the greatest increase in the midwest, 4.9%). The year before, murder had gone down 5.7% […]

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Tags: Homicide Facts

Online DNA Tutorial

March 11th, 2006 · Comments Off on Online DNA Tutorial

I just learned about this online tutorial about forensic DNA, Principles of Forensic DNA. It’s meant for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges, but I’d be curious to hear how it is if anyone gives it a try.

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Tags: Cold Case Investigation Facts · New Websites, Books and other Resources

It’s Not Just the Cops

March 5th, 2006 · Comments Off on It’s Not Just the Cops

If the police get the bad guys, then the attorneys go in for the kill. (This picture was taken by an MIT student named Philip Guo in 2001.) First there are the feds, the U. S. Attorneys who prosecute federal crimes (oh God, I sound like a Law and Order episode). From their website: The […]

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Tags: Practical Info for Families and Friends of Victims