What the FTK?

The headline probably had you wondering…. Is this a curse acronym?  FTK – is short hand for Forensic Tool Kit – sorry if it wasn’t saucy enough for you.  As you can imagine, there are many devices used by forensics techs. One of those is called...

Forensic Technicians Worst Nightmare

What animal has fingerprints so similar to humans that they confuse even the best experts? They’re very cuddly – Koala Bears. Top row: Standard ink fingerprints of an adult male koala (left) and adult male human (right). Bottom row: Scanning electron...

Plea Bargaining

Pleas in Criminal Trials I’m not a lawyer but through the research I do writing crime fiction novels, I came across interesting subjects that I like to share. Here’s another one – What are pleas? An answer to a charge made against someone. Essentially, what is...

Perjury

Perjury   I’m not a lawyer and this isn’t a legal document or advice. That said, an attorney I was speaking with mentioned someone perjuring themselves. The conversation and possibilities fascinated me. I did a but of research into it and was surprised but what I...

A Quick Look at Murder Statistics

There are many things we don’t know about murders in the USA. This seems surprising in the age of data collection we live in. One stat we can get close to is the clearance/solve rate. Unfortunately, it’s an ugly number; only around 60 percent. That means...