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How to Maximize Free DNA Testing

DNA testing has not been limited to the study of the human gene, but has also included that of our beloved canines. DNA testing centers for dogs are open to identify the breeds and ancestry of our pets. Free DNA testing also shoots from legal cases with proceedings done underway. DNA testing for these circumstances can include not only the victim and possible suspects but also other individuals present at the crime scene. Some legal reasons that require DNA testing are for alimony or patrimony reasons. In these cases, the genetic markers are looked into to determine, for example, the [more...]

Date: 2010-05-03 22:41:52

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Johnson: Give DNA Storage Plans A Chance

Shadow Home Secretary calls on coalition government for period of grace before binning potential evidence… ... The Shadow Home Secretary has suggested that the DNA of those arrested should be held for the next six years to determine if there is a firm case for doing so. During a debate at the APA-ACPO conference, Alan Johnson told Policing and Justice Minister Nick Herbert that using stored DNA to check against evidence found at crime scenes is a valuable weapon in detecting crime. The new coalition government has pledged reform of the national DNA database amid concerns that samples of [more...]

Date: 2010-07-01 07:07:00

DNA Evidence Clears 2 Men After 30 Years - Crime in the News ...

They confessed to rape and murder. They pleaded guilty and went to prison for decades; but they were innocent and DNA evidence proved it last week. On September 16, a judge in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, overturned the convictions of two of the three men serving time for the rape and murder of Eva Gail Patterson, in 1979. The third man, Larry Ruffin, died in prison in 2002. The Innocence Project organized DNA testing for the three men. In petitions filed for Bobby Dixon and Phillip Bivens, (and in a separate one filed for Ruffin on September 15) attorneys asked the court to throw out the [more...]

Date: 2010-09-20 13:12:40

New forensic test can match suspects' DNA with crime samples in 4 ...

Browse > Home / Technology / New forensic test can match suspects’ DNA with crime samples in 4 hours (ChattahBox) – As we have seen even in high profile cases, getting confirmation on a DNA hit can take a very long time. But a newly developed test could make checking DNA from people arrested for crimes with DNA samples from crime scenes stored in forensic databases almost as easy as matching fingerprints. With the test, police could check on whether a person’s DNA matches that found at past crime scenes while suspects are still being processed and before a decision on whether to [more...]

Date: 2010-08-04 17:57:32

DNA Collection Swab [DNASWAB] - $1.75 : Crime Scene, Forensic Supplies

Cap-Shure™ protective swabs are tip-protected applicators designed for convenient, reliable DNA and evidence collection. Each sterile, cotton-tipped swab comes as an individually sealed unit with a resealable, ventilated cap for air-drying and transportation of fluid samples such as blood. After a sample has been collected, simply pull the cap to the end of the swab and seal. The cap protects the swab during handling at the crime scene and in transit back to the lab, and ensures there is no risk of cross-contamination from the swab during transit. Each cotton-tipped swab is sterile and [more...]

Date: 2008-10-04 23:57:14

DNA Criminal Investigation, Crime Prevention And Detection

DNA can be taken from a suspect and checked against the National DNA Database. DNA taken from other crime scenes may be linked to that person. DNA can positively identify offenders through DNA taken from discontinuance relatives. [more...]

Date: 2010-09-30 13:13:30

DNA at center of daycare rape trial | Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg ...

Tampa, Florida -- One in 6.8 quintillion in caucasians, one in 320 quadrillion in African Americans and 1 in 2.2 quintillion in southeastern Hispanics... those are the chances that the DNA found on the rape victim match someone other than the suspect, Kendrick Morris an FDLE crime lab tech testified today in the 19-year-old's trial. The second day of testimony continued Wednesday morning in the first of two rape trials Morris stands to face. He's on trial this week, accused of the 2007 rape of a 62-year-old daycare worker at the Children's Lighthouse Daycare Center in the Clair-Mel [more...]

Date: 2010-09-01 21:46:38

Police get new DNA powers - crime - national | Stuff.co.nz

Police fingerprinting suspects can now collect their DNA and match it against profiles from unsolved crimes, Justice Minister Simon Power has said. Until now police had to wait until someone was convicted or obtain an order from a High Court judge. The Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Act means they can take samples on arrest. From today they will be able to take DNA from anyone they intend to charge with an offence punishable by more than seven years' imprisonment. This will see an estimated 4000 more samples taken each year. From the middle of next year if the Government [more...]

Date: 2010-06-09 07:00:00

Researcher making advances in crime-scene investigation

The rapid DNA testing will be much faster than the traditional method. Today, the time for DNA to go from crime scene to identification can span 14 days. If the new miniaturized instrument is taken to a crime scene, the same process can [more...]

Date: 2010-08-06 00:40:54

DNA test favors Va. man convicted of rape - Maryland Daily Record

DNA tests conducted under Virginia’s one-of-a-kind post-conviction DNA testing program indicate that a man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape didn’t commit the crime, and he wants Virginia’s high court to declare him innocent. Calvin Wayne Cunningham would be the eighth man exonerated by decades-old biological evidence and the third since Virginia began its massive project to clear those who may have been wrongly convicted in the 1970s and 1980s from biological evidence saved before DNA testing was available. Cunningham, 57, was convicted in 1981 of raping the [more...]

Date: 2010-08-12 00:17:00

Orchid Cellmark Announces DNA Contracts With Five New UK Police Forces

Each three-year contract, extendable for an additional seven years, is to conduct DNA analysis of crime scene samples for submission to the National DNA Database. Cellmark was awarded 100% of the work tendered as the 'DNA Crime Scenes [more...]

Date: 2010-10-07 18:09:37

Bully Pulpit: New Analysis Shows Freed Man's DNA at Crime Scene

After his release, items from the crime scene were sent off for additional testing in hopes of uncovering a new suspect. Police said Wednesday that Abbitt's DNA was present on a flat sheet from one of the victim's [more...]

Date: 2010-10-06 16:54:00

Ancestry Found Through DNA Testing In Vegas - Las Vegas News Story ...

LAS VEGAS -- What can you learn from your DNA?Turns out, a lot. From ancestry to health issues you may be predisposed toward, DNA can serve as a guide.Once specifically limited to crime scenes and paternity tests, a business in Las Vegas is now offering DNA testing to anyone willing to pay."We have a lot of Caucasians that come in and we find they have a lot of Native American markers or Hispanic similarities," said Patricia Schoonmaker, of the DNA Shop.To process and identify the DNA, the shop simply gathers cells from a swab inside the cheek. Copyright 2010 by KVVU.com. All rights reserved. [more...]

Date: 2010-09-16 06:24:05

Lab Offers Free DNA Testing for Skinner — Hank Skinner | The Texas ...

Chromosal Laboratories, a DNA testing lab in Phoenix, Ariz., has told Gov. Rick Perry that it will test evidence in the Hank Skinner case for free and within 30 days if he grants a reprieve of the convicted murderer's March 24 execution date. Skinner was convicted in 1995 of murdering his girlfriend and her two sons in the small West Texas town of Pampa. He has professed his innocence, though, and Skinner argues that DNA testing on a rape kit, knives, a man's windbreaker and other materials from the crime scene could prove someone else was the killer. For a decade, Texas courts have denied [more...]

Date: 2010-03-18 20:26:29

India may soon have DNA database to crack crime [Science] | Times ...

0 Comments | Times of India, The, Sep 16, 2010 | by Menon, Priya M CHENNAI: The FBI has a DNA index system. The UK has a similar database. And if Parliament passes the DNA Profiling Bill, 2007, India will soon join the league, creating a national DNA database that will help police arrest serial offenders and give a boost to forensic investigation. "The bill, drafted and sent to all ministries and departments for their feedback, has been modified. The final version has been sent to the law ministry, which has sent it to the legal department for final drafting," says Dr J Gowrishankar, head [more...]

Date: 2010-09-16 07:00:00

Innocence Blog: Maryland Man Pressed for DNA Test and Made History

Posted: June 25, 2010 2:19 pm This week marks the seventeenth anniversary of Maryland fisherman Kirk Bloodsworth’s exoneration. In 1985, Bloodsworth was charged and convicted of the rape and murder of a nine year old girl. A 1992 DNA test proved his innocence after he had incorrectly served eight years in prison, two of which he spent on death row. In July of 1984, a nine-year old girl was found dead having been brutally raped, strangled, and beaten. The police received an anonymous call; the caller claimed that Bloodsworth was seen with the victim on the day of the crime. A police sketch [more...]

Date: 2010-06-25 19:19:00

Trinity - Biology (Trent Uni Trip)

The DNA runs through an agarose gel matrix due to a current and the smaller the piece (the fewer base pairs) the further the DNA will go. The DNA can then be analysed; for example DNA from a crime scene against suspects or finding faulty genes for diagnosis of disorders like cystic [more...]

Date: 2010-10-08 00:00:00

Hialeah Man Sentenced to 30 Year Prison Term - Miami Criminal ...

Despite the fact that the assailants broke into the wrong home, they decided to rob the elderly woman. During the robbery they tied up the woman and taped her mouth shut. Detectives were able to locate a fingerprint on a the piece of scotch tape located at the crime scene that matched the defendant's fingerprints. The third case against the defendant was a kidnapping charge that allegedly occurred when the defendant held a pawn shop owner hostage in his home for over 9 hours. The defendant and his accomplices beat the victim for hours in an effort to secure the pass codes to get into his [more...]

Date: 2010-09-15 17:51:45

The Crime Report » Archive » Kansas Cuts DNA-Testing Backlog ...

The samples were taken from people under arrest and collected at crime scenes. The attorney general said backlog had grown after new laws mandated DNA samples from anyone arrested, not just from those convicted. The KBI said the reduction has led to matches with crimes under investigation in Kansas and other states. Six said the backlog could be eliminated as soon as next February. But he cautioned that additional resources are needed to stay current with the samples, such as a new crime [more...]

Date: 2010-09-02 15:09:42

National Museum Exhibit

The El Paso Division has consulted with and received contributions from the Nuclear DNA Unit, the Mitochondrial DNA Unit, the Federal DNA Database Unit and CODIS from the Laboratory Division at FBI Headquarters. In addition, the El Paso ERT has provided a case study to include the murder of Sophia Martinez and with the assistance of KFOX News, was able to provide a local news broadcast that aired during the initial stages of the investigation. Participants will be able to identify items in a crime scene that can be used for potential DNA exploitation. In addition, the El Paso ERT has loaned [more...]

Date: 2010-10-08 18:52:00

National DNA bank for the control of crime is a violation of the ...

One big concern that DNA matching brings up is the spreading practice of “familial searches.” This happens when the police finds DNA material at the scene of a crime that matches the DNA of a known criminal. Then the police starts investigating his or her family members on the grounds that only those within the same family could have such a similar DNA marker. Civil liberties critics argue that this new version of “guilt by association” violates individual rights as well. Five states including Virginia already allow the DNA scanning of people arrested. Even when such people are not [more...]

Date: 2010-09-21 14:30:38

Ident - Not as Seen on TV

“We might take DNA swabs from the crime scene, footwear imprints, tire tracks, paint chips or ballistics evidence from firearms, then send the evidence to one of five National Forensic Laboratories across Canada,” says Corp. Nielsen. “It can take time. But it’s also possible to take fingerprints at a murder scene and match them within hours.”Developing the refined skills of an Ident expert isn’t easy. It begins with a three year apprenticeship program, which includes an eight week college course and numerous exams. Then the apprentice does field work with a fully trained Ident [more...]

Date: 2010-10-08 16:32:00

Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing

John Butler, bestselling author of Forensic DNA Typing, now applies his expertise on the subject of DNA analysis into an introductory textbook. Fundamentals of Forensic DNA Typing walks students step-by-step through the DNA analysis process beginning with collection of evidence at a crime scene to the statistical interpretation of the results. Also included are brief discussions of such news worthy topics as victim identification from the September 11, 2001 attacks, the identification of the remains of the Romanovs, the last Russian Royal family, and the O.J. Simpson case. New applications, [more...]

Date: 2010-06-10 05:45:00

1422200264 DNA Analysis (Forensics: the Science of Crime-Solving)

1422200264 DNA Analysis (Forensics: the Science of Crime-Solving) 1422200264 Details Reading level: Young Adult Library Binding: 112 pages Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers (November 30, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 1422200264 ISBN-13: 978-1422200261 Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches Shipping Weight: 1 pounds Price:$15.95 1422200264 DNA Analysis (Forensics: the Science of Crime-Solving) Description A flake of skin…a strand of hair…a fleck of saliva…a drop of blood…everywhere we go we leave behind bits of ourselves that are as unique as fingerprints. Each cell contains [more...]

Date: 2010-10-09 12:36:45

DNA fingerprinting, help explain the idea and logic

“DNA fingerprinting” is a recently-introduced biochemical procedure that uses a pattern derived from a person’s genetic material to match a suspect’s genetic material against that of a specimen from a crime scene. Proponents have claimed astronomically high odds against obtaining a match by chance alone. These odds are based on an assumption that there is independence between the different characteristics represented by a single pattern. Which one of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the claim of the proponents of DNA fingerprinting? (A) The large amount of genetic [more...]

Date: 2010-09-16 15:31:01

Forensic DNA Typing, Second Edition: Biology, Technology, and ...

I thought this was an outstanding overview of DNA typing. Product is awesome, Service is Gruesome ! Forensic DNA typing its an awesome book. 6 stars is more like it . . . Rarely are such complex subjects treated so well. Outstanding Text Book on Forensic Science. This book is an outstanding text book for those interested in Forensic Science, Genetics, and Genealogy. Forensic DNA Typing, Second Edition: Biology, Technology, and STR Markers. I would not recommend this book to someone who was completely new to the use of genetics as a tool for forensics. Marvelous work! This book has opened my [more...]

Date: 2010-05-19 19:12:13

Cat DNA Can Aid in Criminal Investigations | easyDNA Blog

If you have ever inquired about a hair DNA test or know some of the basics of DNA you may know that DNA is found throughout nucleated cells in the body. Since hairs are simply made up of protein then we know that there is no nuclear DNA in hair. The same applies for cats- there is no nuclear DNA in cat hair. However, cat hair and human hair contain what is known as MtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) and this, like nuclear DNA, is unique to each of us. Cat DNA convicts murderer A body was found in a grave on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Police investigators identified the body as belonging to Shirley [more...]

Date: 2010-05-20 08:24:39

Cal State LA forum looks at Grim Sleeper case - Pasadena Star-News

Although advances in DNA technology are changing crime scene analysis, firearm and fingerprint evidence still dominate cases seen in forensic labs, Hudson said. "Not one form of analysis stands alone," said Assistant Director of the [more...]

Date: 2010-10-02 05:28:25

Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky – William Van Meter ...

Two young men, whose lives seem preordained to intertwine, are jailed for the crime: DNA evidence places Stephen Soules, an unemployed, mixed-race high-school dropout, at the scene, and Lucas Goodrum, a 21-year-old pot dealer with an ex-wife, a girlfriend still in high school, and an inauspicious history of domestic abuse, is held by an ever-changing confession. The friends of the suspects and the foster and birth families of the victim form complex and warring social nets that are cast across town. And a small southern community, populated by eccentrics of every socioeconomic class, from [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 16:38:42

(BLOG) - Lifestyle in Computers: Exonerating the innocent: using ...

As with normal fingerprints, governments around the world have built a database of DNA fingerprints since the late 1980s. DNA often is found on the crime scene in the form of bodily fluids, such as blood. Using these samples, DNA can be compared in a laboratory using gel electrophoresis, which uses a magnetic field to separate the strands of DNA. Unfortunately, especially in the early history of DNA fingerprinting, mistakes were often made. It is estimated that one tenth of a percent of DNA comparisons are incorrectly done. This may not seem like a lot, but considering that there are more [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 18:35:00

Supreme Court: Can Texas inmate Henry Skinner use civil rights law ...

Tags: 1993 New Year's Eve slayings, Henry Skinner, Pampa Texas, post-conviction DNA testing, prove his innocence in a triple murder, seeking DNA testing of key evidence from the crime scene, Skinner's attorney Robert Owen, Supreme Court, Texas death row inmate, Texas inmate Henry Skinner, Twila Busby Previous Topic: Qatar Airways pilot dies while flying [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 20:32:13

Feline Fur Flushes Out Felons

The hair cats leave in their owners' homes through their frequent grooming can help authorities to catch criminals. Here, Catster member Leo shows off his grooming technique. New research has revealed that cat fur can help to identify and convict criminals. Dr. Leslie Lyons, a cat genetics expert, pioneered the research. Lyons, who works at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was already compiling information on cat DNA, when she had an “A-ha!” moment. “I’m a big fan of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” she says. In two episodes of [more...]

Date: 2010-09-29 14:43:50

Latest Trend: Taking DNA Sample from your Kids | Impact Lab

Many parents across the country are swabbing the inside of their children’s mouths to get a DNA sample just in case they need it if the youngster is kidnapped, runs away or suffers a terrible accident. News reports about child abductions and television shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" are helping drive the interest in keeeping genetic records that could be used to identify remains, hair or blood. "It’s the CSI mentality: that DNA is going to be the answer to any problem that comes up," said Jerry Nance, supervisor of the forensic assistance unit of the nonprofit National [more...]

Date: 2006-11-27 08:00:00

UTLaw Magazine | Capital Punishment Clinic Director Rob Owen ...

Owen, along with lawyers from the firm of Skadden Arps, represents Skinner in his bid to use a civil rights statute (42 U.S.C. § 1983) to gain access to certain evidence from the crime scene for DNA testing—testing Skinner says can [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 14:17:38

HowStuffWorks "How DNA Evidence Works"

But catching a criminal using DNA evidence is not quite as easy as "CSI" makes it seem, as this article will demonstrate. Our first step in exploring DNA evidence is the crime scene -- and the biological evidence gathered there by [more...]

Date: 2010-08-02 20:19:54

Unsolved Mysteries In The World: Boston Strangler

Finally, if DeSalvo was driven by a mother fixation, as psychiatrists claimed, why had he chosen young women (including one African American) as five of his last seven victims? The police were impressed at the accuracy of DeSalvo's descriptions of the crime scenes. Though there were some inconsistencies, DeSalvo was able to cite details which had not been made public. However, there was no physical evidence to substantiate his confession. As such, he stood trial for earlier, unrelated crimes of robbery and sexual offenses in which he was known as The Green Man and The Measuring Man [more...]

Date: 2010-10-10 23:58:00

Richard and Selma Eikelenboom

After renowned Dutch forensic scientists Selma and Richard Eikelenboom agreed to analyze the evidence for "touch DNA," O'Connell said she thought she had caught a break. They had taken tiny particles left at crime scenes and solved several famous cold cases throughout the United States. Seneca County agreed to pay the $10,000 to $30,000 it would cost for testing, but the health department won't release the evidence to the Eikelenbooms because they don't have the special certification required by state rules. "At this time we are still awaiting their application," department spokesperson [more...]

Date: 2010-10-01 07:00:00

Dog DNA leads to murder conviction

A man who set two dogs on a 16-year-old gang rival before stabbing him to death was Nike Running Shoes found guilty of his murder at the Old Bailey today after his dog's DNA was linked to the crime scene. [more...]

Date: 2010-10-05 01:43:53

Lester Street Murder Trial Focuses on DNA, Crime Scene Science

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Date: 2010-10-02 02:10:20

YouTube - Death Row DNA Test

Henry Skinner, convicted of triple homicide and sentenced to death, claims DNA from the crime scene will reveal his innocence. Jan Crawford reports on the [more...]

Date: 2010-10-11 01:16:30

Treyvons Blog » Blog Archive » Buy Your C.S.I. Miami - The Fifth ...

That long blonde hair of Cally’s must get everywhere at a crime scene, but you never see any of the CSIs bagging and tagging blonde hairs for later DNA analysis only to discover it was one of their own shedding over everything. It’s a bit silly. As I said, I do like this show and am somewhat entertained by it. But as for coming over as realistic and genuinely dramatic, it’s become more and more of a let down as the seasons have passed. Click Here To Buy Now At Amazon! Tags: Buy Your C.S.I. Miami - The Fifth Season From Amazon!, C.S.I. Miami - The Fifth Season, DVD This entry was [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 11:24:28

Report: Israeli scientists discover way to counterfeit DNA ...

New York Times reports Israeli firm created blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a third party. By Haaretz Service Israeli scientists have shown it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, according to an article published in the New York Times on Tuesday.The findings could possibly call into question the credibility of DNA as evidence in criminal cases. In their tests, the scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples that contained DNA taking from a different person, the New York Times reported. The article states that the scientists also could take a DNA profile in a database and [more...]

Date: 2010-10-01 16:54:47

High court hears arguments on 'retrying' with new DNA testing ...

Supreme Court justices cast a skeptical eye at a Texas death row inmate’s novel efforts to have new DNA testing on old crime scene evidence in an effort to prove his [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 20:30:46

Crime Lab DNA Databases Under the Microscope

Researchers in the field of DNA forensics are calling for the FBI to improve the quality of its sizable genetic database by letting them look under the hood. As Osagie Obasogie explains, reviews of a handful of state crime lab DNA databases have revealed anomalies that might not make prosecutors’ claims that a crime-scene sample matching a profile in the database is “slam dunk” evidence. Genetic information is a powerful law enforcement tool—both for catching criminals and for exonerating the innocent, but both uses require robust, accurate science. Yet quality of the information in [more...]

Date: 2010-04-07 07:00:00

Technology Times Online | Nigeria Police builds DNA laboratory to ...

Superintendent of Police for the Nigeria Police Force, Elias Uzoemeka, said, “we appreciate learning how to use advanced forensic DNA technology from Sorenson Forensics, a highly respected organization among law enforcement agencies worldwide. Today, Nigeria is experiencing economic growth, which enables us to develop advanced law enforcement tools that promote justice and security for our citizens.” Executive Director, Sorenson Forensics, Tim Kupferschmid, said, “we are proud to help educate scientists who will bring forensic DNA technology to Nigeria, the most populous country in [more...]

Date: 2010-06-03 08:19:02

CSI Television Shows a Fraud. Crime Scene Evidence Collection ...

I gathered my evidence collection kit and carefully dusted and lifted prints from the point of entry while the experienced officer went to adjacent homes and made inquiries. After working for about 30 minutes I was very proud of ... For the sites included in this study and for the time period reviewed, DNA testing was rarely performed across all offenses and was concentrated in homicides and, to a lesser extent, rapes. 5. Although rates of arrest and conviction in study [more...]

Date: 2010-10-08 00:31:41

Gang Stalking World » Report: Israeli scientists discover way to ...

In their tests, the scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples that contained DNA taking from a different person, the New York Times reported. The article states that the scientists also could take a DNA profile in a database and use it to make a DNA sample to match the profile without needing any tissue from the person. The article quotes the lead author of the scientific paper, Dr. Dan Frumkin as saying that the study shows “you can just engineer a crime scene” adding “any biology undergraduate could perform [more...]

Date: 2010-10-01 17:46:46

Florida Issues: Prosecutors agree to go beyond the toothbrush with ...

WEST PALM BEACH — Prosecutors about-faced Wednesday and agreed to DNA testing of some key evidence in the acase of Esdras Cardona, a Guatemalan dishwasher sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of a fellow employee at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach. In what is known as the "toothbrush case," 34-year-old Cardona is linked in part to Melissa Legare's rape by a Colgate toothbrush found in her room that bore a virtually exact match to Cardona's DNA. Cardona, identified confidently by Legare as her rapist, denies any part in the crime, and Innocence Project of Florida attorneys have [more...]

Date: 2009-03-01 20:09:00

Handshake | The Guidebook To Modern Geek Culture » John Waters is ...

John Waters is narrating a movie about dollhouse diorama death scenes Anyone else confused by the above video? I have no clue what’s going on. I know John Waters is cool. His voice is creepy. I see dollhouses portraying death scenes. And then a bunch of real people talking about serious criminal justice issues. Add up all of these and my final reaction is: “Cool. Wait, what?” According to the film’s website, the documentary, Our Wildest Dreams: A True Crime Documentary of Dolls & Murder, explores a series of dollhouse murder scenes created to train police officers in the 30s and [more...]

Date: 2010-10-12 14:09:32

DefrostingColdCases.com » Blog Archive » Skinner gets Supreme ...

Texas has firmly refused to carry out the tests on evidence found at the crime scene, arguing that Skinner received a fair trial when he was convicted by a jury in 1995, and that DNA testing was not commonly used at the time. Under current judicial precedent, states are not required to carry out such DNA tests but only a handful refuse to do so.More here…to be [more...]

Date: 2010-10-13 18:14:44

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