ON THE COVER: Tattoos can be used as a means of identification—not only by matching designs, but also through chemical analysis of tattoo inks. See full article here.

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Practically Speaking

There’s a theory behind everything: the system of ideas or principles that dictate why and how we do what we do. Around those theories we build a framework of method and procedure. But over that framework, to complete the structure of a standard operating procedure, we must also include practicality—the way we actually get the job done, efficiently, here in the real world.

Getting More Detail from Crime Scene Diagrams

Although the rates of violent crimes and murders in the United States decreased in 2013, according to latest statistics provided by the FBI, most crime investigators see no slowing in the number of crime scenes they must map. The job requires a delicate balance of seasoned investigative skills, defining what evidence is most relevant, and maximizing the time available to map a scene since the evidence lasts only a short time. Many investigators have discovered that having the right technology can help them achieve their goal of solving as many cases per year as possible.

2016 Evidence Resource Guide

 Your source for products and services related to evidence collection, processing, and preservation.

Expert Q&A: Michelle D. Miranda, Ph.D.

Author of Forensic Analysis of Tattoos and Tattoo Inks

Electronic DNA Sample Testing Strengthens Documentation of Instrumentation Checks

Instruments used for DNA-sample testing in today’s forensic laboratories must be precise in their operation in order to provide accurate and dependable results. To ensure this, there must be timely instrument maintenance and repair. And, most importantly, documentation is necessary to show proper maintenance procedures have been followed.

ETM's Online Extras: November-December 2015

To view this issue's bonus content, found only online, visit the Digital Edition.

Foster + Freeman’s Natural 1 IR Fluorescent Fingerprint Powder

An Independent Product Review

Tool Kit: Electronic Evidence Retrieval

Six products to help with electronic evidence retrieval.


New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals.