When Albert Einstein died of an abdominal aneurysm the previous day, it was Einstein's will that his body be cremated. There was no mention of keeping his brain for scientific study. The story of what happened to Einstein's brain over the past sixty years, and what today's science tells us about the cause of his genius, is fascinating.
Jack The Ripper, the man who terrorized London in the fall of 1888 by butchering at least five prostitutes, is the world's most famous serial killer who's never been caught. What did the original investigation tell us about him and what has modern forensics learned about his true identity?
Clinton critics are asking whether relevant data may have been deleted from a private email server. Understanding such accusations requires some background in computer forensics and the ways that files are stored, accessed, deleted, and recovered.
Stephen F. Dachi was a consular officer who was born in Hungary in 1933. His parents both died when he was three years old, leaving him in the care of his grandparents, who lived in Romania.
More often than not, it is the co-curricular activities - those that compliment curriculum and expand upon the educational experience of students - that are struggling to survive in our university system. But why is that? Why do we cut programs like speech and debate?
The story of "Baby Doe"--the little girl whose body was found along a Boston shoreline in June--has captured the nation's attention. So far, we know virtually nothing about what happened. We don't know who she was, what happened to her, or who was responsible.
While some policymakers may be tempted to treat DNA forensic capabilities as a panacea for criminal investigations, the evolution of DNA forensics may also represent a Pandora's box of ethical, privacy, legal and financial concerns that require deep consideration.
With the spate of recent high-profile events in which officers' accounts have been shown to be demonstrably at odds with other reliable evidence, citizens may be starting to reconsider the wisdom of reflexively deferring to the police. Could the same trend develop with forensic analysts?
I discovered this very little-known but fascinating murder case that few people outside law-enforcement circles have heard of. It involves the death of two children in the small, seaside Argentine town of Necochea in 1892. As I continued my research into the state of forensics in Argentina and the rest of the world at the time, I came across some very fascinating facts.
Patricia Cornwell is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of 33 books, the most famous and widely read being the 22 novels of the "Kay Scarpetta" series.
Last month, new discoveries about the identity of Jack the Ripper hit the news and, as expected, debate took over about the validity of the claim, specifically the items and processes involved.
As a service to the deceased person's families -- often on both sides of the border, some with United States citizenship and some not -- the work is a remarkable study in simple decency and human compassion.
If walking into high school somebody told me that I would willingly join a competitive public speaking team, loving it so much that I would eventually become President, I would reply that the chances of that happening are lower than those of Miley Cyrus becoming President.
Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.
As new software continue to emerge, there will be hurdles to creating exact replications of the necessary underlying data for production in court. Creating tools to extract unique file types and tools to view those files in a readable format will become the weapons in the e-discovery vendor's arsenal.
The truth has become buried in a quagmire of junk science and as a result, the underlying principles of this country, truth, justice and liberty for all, have been lost. Much more than John F. Kennedy died in November 1963; in many ways our nation died with him.