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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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

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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.


Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: