Forensic Scientist

While we weren’t looking…

Anna Sandiford Apr 06, 2010

It’s been quiet on the Forensic Scientist blog front the past few weeks, largely because of a computer glitch that took over.  But we’re up and running again now.  Only to find that we turn our backs for five minutes and there’s all sorts going on out there. We note from the USA that the San [...] … Read More

Vampire forensics and how we deal with the dead

Anna Sandiford Mar 19, 2010

The science of vampires was tested not long ago (Justification for the existence of vampires) and now National Geographic has actually made a program that investigates the possibility that a vampire was buried in a mass grave in Italy: the lady in question was found with a brick between her jaws, apparently a common method [...] … Read More

Blood from babies: filling the DNA databases

Anna Sandiford Mar 15, 2010

The state of forensic science in the USA has caused concern for some time and was even given centre stage at the recent American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference entitled, “Putting Our Forensic House in Order: Determining Validation and Expelling Incompetence” (see earlier post). Unfortunately, until things get into gear, trouble will continue. Not [...] … Read More

Charity payments for drug cases

Anna Sandiford Mar 02, 2010

The Police and court system in Ireland have decided that rather than clog up the court system with minor drug offenders, they’re going to get them pay money into the court box, which, in turn, gets distributed to charities: Festival drug cases will boost charities’ coffers. I’ve seen court boxes in English courts before [...] … Read More

Hair, science and crims

Anna Sandiford Feb 28, 2010

Analysing hair for criminal casework purposes has had some new developments recently, as reported in Forensic Science International. For your delectation and delight, and as the journal has a log in, I have decided to share some of the papers that deal with day-to-day issues to which we can all relate: In Sweden, if someone [...] … Read More

Burglary science

Anna Sandiford Feb 23, 2010

Burglars are apparently more likely to wear Reebok Classic trainers than other brands of training shoe. This is one of the findings of a recent scientific study of the running shoes of choice used by burglars in the English county of Northamptonshire. These results tie in nicely with my own (professional) experiences of [...] … Read More