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  • Writer's pictureD. P. Lyle

Criminal Mischief: Episode #6: Is It Harder To Write Crime Fiction Today?

Updated: May 29, 2023


SHOW NOTES:


Do modern forensic science and police investigative techniques make creating compelling crime fiction more difficult? Are there simply too many balls to keep in the air? Too much to consider? Or is now little different from then?


The Past, the present, and the future


Forensic Science timeline—-a fairly knew discipline

Basic Science, then Medicine, finally forensic science

Personal ID

Visual

Bertillon

West Case

Facial recognition

Behavioral Profiling

Prints, ABO type, DNA, DNA Phenotype


Fingerprints—-then and now

Vucetich—the Rojas case

Stella Nickell Case

Touch DNA

Touch Toxicology


Toxicology

From arsenic to GC/MS


Blood Typing

ABO can exclude but not ID


DNA

Nuclear

Mitochondrial

Familial—Grim Sleeper case

Phenotypic Analysis

Electronics—cell phones, computers, emails, texts, VMs


LINKS:



History of Fingerprints: http://onin.com/fp/fphistory.html


Brief History of Poisons and Forensic Toxicology: https://www.okorieokorocha.com/poisons-and-forensic-toxicology/







Grim Sleeper/Lonnie Franklin case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grim_Sleeper







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