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The Atlanta Child Murders: A Case Study in Fiber Analysis

Who was Wayne Williams? Wayne Bertram Williams was born on May 27, 1958 and raised in Atlanta’s Dixie Hills neighborhood of Northwest Atlanta to Homer and Faye Williams. Both parents were teachers. Williams graduated from Douglass High school and developed a keen interest in radio and journalism. Eventually he constructed his own carrier-current radio station. … Continue reading The Atlanta Child Murders: A Case Study in Fiber Analysis

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The Fabric Lab

On this fabric lab, we observed five types of fabrics and their reactions when in contact with different chemical substances. The fabrics observed, were cotton and wool (natural fabrics), polyester and nylon (synthetic fabrics). In natural fibers, the filament is composed of hair-like materials that are continuous or are in discrete elongated pieces, similar to … Continue reading The Fabric Lab

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DNA Profiling – Taking it Further

Positive and/or negative consequences of establishing an international DNA database. A: Pros: A DNA database covering the entire world’s population, would save massive amounts of police time and help solve crimes and catch criminals faster. The current system – the DNA of all those arrested for recordable offences, guilty or not, is retained – is selective … Continue reading DNA Profiling – Taking it Further

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Fingerprinting Reflection

Q: You have had a couple of experiences with fingerprinting, what do you think?  Do you agree that fingerprints are a good identifier of someone?  Was it easy to leave fingerprints on objects? Was it easy to locate and lift fingerpirnts?  What did this unit demonstrate/teach you about evidence collection? A: I think fingerprinting is … Continue reading Fingerprinting Reflection

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Evidence Collection

Throughout this course, so far, we’ve learned that scene management in terms of securing the area and not making any modifications to the crime scene are crucial for a well succeeded criminal case as well as collecting evidence, regarding that, every little detail that had possibly seemed unuseful can determine lots and lots of things … Continue reading Evidence Collection

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Sherlock Holmes Blog

Let’s talk about the most famous detective (or should I say private consultant?) to ever exist: Sherlock Holmes. Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published for the first time in 1888, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and their criminal adventures are, even 120 years after being published, still, not only a literary success, but also a massive … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Blog