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Bugs: the difference between closed case and unsolved murder


MSU partners with Detroit to investigate death scenes

EAST LANSING, Mich. – As bodies decompose, their types and numbers of bugs and bacteria change. Deciphering the clues they provide could mean the difference between a closed case and an unsolved murder.

Michigan State University is using a more than $866,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to help Detroit death-scene investigators examine these changing populations. The microbial communities may provide crucial details such as geographical location of death, gender, race, socioeconomic relations and more, said Eric Benbow, MSU entomologist and osteopathic medical specialist.
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Crime Scene Investigation Conference

imagesThe International Crime Scene Investigators Association will be holding their second annual conference in New Orleans, May 19-21, 2015. So far there are attendees registered from 14 countries. Last years conference was great, and this years promises to be better still. I expect to be there, and I hope to see some of you as well!

Where There’s Smoke Arson Investigation Program

Walk through two complex arson cases at top LASD investigator Ed Nordskog’s latest forensic science seminar

WHAT: Cal State Los Angeles Professor Donald Johnson, in association with LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association and Esotouric, present a new program in their quarterly forensic science seminar series: “Where There’s Smoke” hosted by Ed Nordskog, top arson investigator for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

Advanced Topics in Homicide

December 1-3, 2014
Location: HCSO Training Facility
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm

USF-HCSO is co-hosting a 3-day workshop (24 hour training) for detectives, crime scene personnel, death investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as other forensic specialists who work in the area of violent crime investigations.

This course will focus on the following themes: long-term unsolved cold cases; clandestine grave search and recovery; child victims from abduction to homicide; and sexual homicide. The Dozier Reform School investigation will be discussed in-depth, as a case study for field methods used for grave search and recovery.

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CSI Training

The International Crime Scene Investigators Association will he holding a training conference in Little Rock, AR. May 13-15, 2014.  This is truly an international conference with presenters and attendees from across the US, Caribbean and the UK to name a few.

There is still space available, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

You can find out more on the conference website:

Interview Training Cruise Tentatively Scheduled for 2014

“Lies & Lie Detection; Navigating your way to the Truth within Interviews and Interrogations”

This will be a 5 day/4 night cruise from New York City to St. John in Canada during which there will be 12 training sessions from professionals within the field covering topics such as; Detecting Deception and the Psychology of Deceit, Human Memory and Truthful Recall of Information; Investigative Interviewing Foundation and Key Principles  Obtaining Information through Cognitive Interviewing/MCI; Language and Lying within Statements & Interviews; Statement Analysis Workshops; Micro Expressions & Emotions within Interviews; Body Language and Detecting Deception; Forced-Choice Testing; Persuasive Interviewing – Ethical Tactics and Strategies; False Confessions – Causes and Prevention; Directing and Supervising the Interview Process.

Tentative dates: August 28th through September 1st, 2014.

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