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

Backlogs and Bylaws: The Tainted Story of Texas Rape Kit Testing

A June 27th Dallas News article recently sparked public outcry when it revealed that over eight hundred moldy rape kits were found decaying in the Austin Police Department[1]. Rape kits have had a long history as crucial components of the forensic process for sexual assault cases. The first rape kit was developed in the 1970s… Read More Backlogs and Bylaws: The Tainted Story of Texas Rape Kit Testing

Lousiana Employing New DNA Technology to Re-Visit Cold Cases

Officials at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab have elected to employ familial searching as a means to identify close relatives of potential suspects in cold cases. Familial searching, in contrast to conventional DNA identification, uses partial matches or commonalities to identify individuals with a similar DNA profiles. This process allows law enforcement to identify relatives… Read More Lousiana Employing New DNA Technology to Re-Visit Cold Cases