Monthly Archives: November 2017

Man’s murder confession spurred by DNA phenotyping mug shot

This case deserves a closer look. Parabon DNA lab did the testing. The method of developing physical traits from DNA samples is a burgeoning business. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/18/ryan-riggs-texas-man-confesses-murder-dna-image/ More discussion on the issues involving these genetic mug shots from the ACLU (American … Continue reading

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Gunslinger Billy the Kid hangs out with his crew, one who shot him a couple years later.

American 1880’s outlaw and historical serial killer, Billy the Kid (William Bonney) sat for a tintype with some of his cohorts. Billy (second from left) was soon after shot down by the man on the far right (Pat Garret) who … Continue reading

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The New Phrenology scam crops up in China and makes inroads in Criminal Justice…..again

Long determined to be forensically incompetent, some researchers are testing a hundred year old Bertillon Paradigm of criminal visage prediction for law enforcement. He did come up with the first consistent use of photography at crime scenes. Plus he is … Continue reading

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Blood spatter continues: It’s purveyors and assumption spur critics to express weaknesses

  This is a continuation of our previous blog on blood drops and criminal justice. It is expressly “old school” and experts really heavily on “experiments” both in courtrooms and their ‘spatter” rooms. Calling this science is also present in … Continue reading

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“Almost junk forensic science” of blood spatter expertise – Its not as simple as it’s taught in class

Here is a good look at why “forensics” should be considered amateur-hour non-science in many jurisdictions. Article goes within a conviction that had the same cop being the crime evidence collector, analyst, and lead investigator. Much goes wrong in the … Continue reading

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“A pernicious pseudo-forensic science” languishes in a MS courthouse

For the umpteenth time, a court judge slowly ponders a life and death conviction which used junk forensic ‘experts’ now dwindled credibilty to put a person in prison and on death row. The dentist has a string of misadventures and … Continue reading

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