Eyewitness Misidentification

Police LineupIf you were the victim of a crime, how good of an eyewitness do you think you would be? Would you be to identify the perpetrator(s)? Would you be able to remember what they were wearing? What color was their pants or shirt, were they wearing a hat? What did they look like… how tall were they, did they have any facial hair, what color were their eyes, hair, and skin tone. Continue reading

Locard’s Exchange Principle

Dr. Edmond Locard

Dr. Edmond Locard

Locard’s exchange principle is a concept that was developed by Dr. Edmond Locard (1877-1966).  Locard speculated that every time you make contact with another person, place, or thing, it results in an exchange of physical materials. He believed that no matter where a criminal goes or what a criminal does, by coming into contact with things, a criminal can leave all sorts of evidence, including DNA, fingerprints, footprints, hair, skin cells, blood, bodily fluids, pieces of clothing, fibers and more. At the same time, they will also take something away from the scene with them. Continue reading

What is Forensic Science?

Forensic Science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to a legal system which may relate to a crime or a civil suit. Serology, Psychology, Entomology, Toxicology, Odontology, Biology, Chemistry, and Biology are just a few examples of sciences used in forensics today. Continue reading