“Emperor of Junk Science” Dies in Apparent Murder-Suicide

The Washington Post reports that Robert O’Block, who founded the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (“ACFEI”), committed suicide in late July after apparently murdering his girlfriend. The ACFEI, which is one of the largest forensics certification bodies in the United States, has been criticized over the years for collecting fees from members without thoroughly verifying their credentials. For instance, a prisoner was able to obtain certification from ACFEI’s American Board of Forensic Pathology while serving time for attempted murder. Currently, the ACFEI website is unavailable.


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