There’s no debating that forensics and crime scene analysis is fascinating – both to practicing professionals and the rest of us who just like a good crime story.
It’s also no secret that criminal cases are often made, or destroyed, based on the information garnered by a whole host of professionals in the field, including working crime scene technicians and scientists.
A healthy interest in the science of crime scene analysis is responsible for a multitude of TV documentaries and fictional dramas, as well as a number of books, magazines, scholarly journals and websites dedicated to forensics. Here's a look at three that offer a glimpse into all the facets of forensics.
Forensic Magazine is a publication created for “forensic lab managers, forensic scientists, technicians, specialists, toxicologists, medical examiners/coroners, crime scene investigators, photographers, other law enforcement, legal professionals and others in the forensic field that work in state/county/local agencies, federal/international agencies, private companies, universities/colleges, and consulting firms,” according to the “About Us” section of the publication’s website.
Trending on the Forensic Magazine site right now are several articles that highlight the core of the work of the crime scene analyst. One article is about the troubling murder of two teens in Indiana. According to the Indiana police investigating this horrid crime, the victims may have recorded the suspect on their cell phones, giving authorities more to work with as they race to find justice for these two teens.
Also featured in the magazine is an interesting report on drug traffickers and recidivism, an insight into tired teens and their propensity to commit crimes (which touches on forensic psychology), witness credibility and several reviews of death penalty cases and the crime lab associations.
Another great source of fresh forensic news is the Forensic Science section of The New York Times, which offers “news about Forensic Science, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.”
Trending now is a recent article about “Conflicting Views on a Wider Police Use of DNA,” where New York officials “authorize a method that could help find relatives of people charged with crimes,” according to the Times. This method is also called “familiar searching,” and was a direct result of a case in Queens that yielded very few clues early on to those trying to solve the case. It’s a fascinating read that takes a look at the sad fact that a crime victim often knows (or is related to) the perpetrator of the crime.
Other trendy topics from The Times includes a video of the “Maggot Mystery,” a focus on the infamous maggots referenced as a sign of decay at crime scenes, and “Photographing the Science of Death and Decay,” a sobering and insightful look into the work of forensic anthropologists.
Another great location for forensic news is ScienceDaily, which features a Forensics News section. A look at hot topics here reveal that “Addictive Cravings Still Detectable After Death,” the “Ice man Otzi was Murdered,” which is a review of a murder that happened 5,000 years ago, and emerging science news such as “Humans: Hair Proteins Like Fingerprints.”
Are you fascinated by forensics? Have you ever considered working in the field? There are a number of ways to begin investigating whether or not this is a good career fit for you. One of the best is to review detailed job descriptions, pay scales and working hours, all available on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Good luck with your career investigation!