"Every measurement slowly reveals the workings of the criminal. Careful observation and patience will reveal the truth."Alphonse Bertillon Surveying the suspect's body After the invention of photography, police began to keep "rogues' galleries," disorganized photographic collections of suspects and convicts. What was needed was a way to retrieve images and information … [Read more...] about The Bertillon System
Bruce Emerson Sawhill, a convicted sex offender, is wanted for committing sexual acts on a minor. Approximately in 2001, Sawhill allegedly sexually assaulted a young female child on more than one occasion, in Jefferson County, Missouri. Sawhill had previously befriended the victim's parents and gained access to the victim. Sawhill was subsequently charged in Missouri with … [Read more...] about Most Wanted: Bruce Emerson Sawhill
A group of national security, interrogation, and intelligence professionals came together in Washington, D.C. to issue a statement of principles on torture. The message: Torture is illegal, ineffective, counterproductive, and immoral. Their conclusion is based on decades of experience, a strong consensus in behavioral science, and a commitment to American ideals and values. … [Read more...] about Interrogation and Intelligence Professionals condemn Torture
When the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 19 years old. That means he could face the death penalty if convicted in the bombing. If the bombing had occurred two years earlier, when he was 17, that wouldn't be possible. The Supreme Court banned the death penalty for juveniles in 2005. In that case, the court received briefs from the American … [Read more...] about Should Neuroscience save Tsarnaev from the Death Penalty?
Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open access journal "Investigative Genetics". Hairs are one of the most common types of trace evidence collected during forensic investigations, but the majority of those recovered from … [Read more...] about Microbial ‘signature’ for Sexual Crimes