1. How are fire scenes different than regular crime scenes for
Fire scenes are different than regular crime scenes, because they
dont have the same procedure. For normal crime scenes, you have
to get a search warrant to inv
1. What do the left and rights sides of the brain do? Which side of the brain
does a police sketch artist use when creating a suspect sketch?
The left side sees and interprets the world in symbols and languages.
However the right side interprets it in ter
1. What are epiphyseal fusions? What can they tell a forensic
Epiphyseal fusion is the closing of these areas at the clavicle, iliac
crest, and the long bones of our arms and legs. If the forensic
anthropologist has a comp
1. Forensic investigators are required to visit crime scenes and conduct
interviews with witnesses. What personal attributes and interpersonal
skills may be required for this type of work? Explain.
Responsibilities may include organizing case records for
1. When Dr. Bass works cases, either cold cases or ongoing investigation,
what is his role in the investigation?
Determine the identity of a deceased person, and how long have
2. What role does the Body Farm play in forensic science?
Most of th
1. What is the typical order in which insects begin to arrive on human
The typical order in which insects begin to arrive on human remains
is blowflies, beetles, maggots, wasps, ants, and then spiders.
2. Describe the case that w
1. How was the Toorale Man found?
The Toorale Man is found in a tightly flexed position, almost like a
fetal position, with the knees drawn up to the chest.
2. What did archaeologists learn about the burial? Why is the burial
1. Describe the crimes that the History Detectives are investigating in the
8 people attacked in the middle of the night, several of them with
an ax. 6 of them were African American women, and the other 2
were white women. All these murders were ca
1. What is a questioned document? Describe at least one example of
something that might be a questioned document.
A questioned document is any document with handwriting or
typewriting that is in question as to its authenticity. The docume
1. What is a comparison microscope? What are the advantages of this
A comparison microscope combines two microscopes into one unit,
allowing the viewer to see what is under each of the lenses at the
same time. This is particularly helpful for
1. What is hardware and software? Give an example of each.
Hardware refers to the physical components of a computer or other
device. An example of hardware could be a printer. Software is the
set of instructions that allows a particular p
1. What are club drugs? What are some of the factors that support the
use of club drugs?
Club drugs are synthetic drugs that are typically used in bars,
nightclubs, raves, and other gatherings. Factors that support the
use of club drugs a
1. What is forensic science?
Forensic science is the application of science to the criminal justice
2. What three tasks or responsibilities does a forensic scientist have?
Analyze the evidence found.
1. What is the NIBIN?
NIBIN is the National Integrated Ballistic Identification Network
which was created by the FBI in 1999.
2. What is rifling? What two types of markings do this produce?
Rifling is when the he gun has spiral grooves pu
1. What are the three types of fingerprints found in the human
population? How often does each occur?
Arch Fingerprints, 5% of them found in human population. Whorl
Fingerprints, 30%-35% of them found in human population. Loop
1. What is liver mortis? How might this reveal information about the time
Livor mortis is a state when the body is decomposing, but the blood
reaches the lowest point in the body. This could help determining
time of death becaus
1. What is DNA? Where is it found?
DNA is deoxyribose nucleic acid. It contains genetic information.
Found pretty much anywhere; including saliva, hair strand, etc.
2. What is mitochondrial DNA?
DNA located in the mitochondria.
3. What is
Flashover <- your first lab link
1. What was Willingham charged with? What happened to Willingham?
Willingham was charged with arson and murder which he was later
2. Why did investigators believe that an accelerant had been used at the
1. Describe the case that the forensic anthropologists and others
discover. Why do they suspect that it may be murder?
The anthropologists discovered tobacco pipes. Later the other girl
found a human skull. They suspect that it may be a murder because
1. What are Internet cookies? What are they used for? What information
can forensic scientists gain from them?
Cookies are files that are placed on a computer by some websites
when the user visits the site. These cookies are used by the
1. What is toxicology?
Toxicology is the study of substances that cause adverse effects in
humans or other organisms. It means that toxicology involves the
study of poisons, toxins, and other chemicals that create adverse
symptoms or reac
1. What is physical evidence? Provide at least three examples in your
answer. Physical Evidence is anything that can establish a crime has
happened and anything that links the crime and the criminal. This
might include: weapons, fibers, a