Forensic Investigation

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ACH Crisford Charitable Foundation

Acid attacks are becoming much more prevalent in the United Kingdom, with an average of two occurring every day. With the aim of helping investigators discover crucial information from a scene and aiding reconstructions, this project found that the container type could be determined by the subsequent textile damage.

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This study aimed to develop a procedure for the recovery of fibres from wounds after a stabbing incident. This was done by replicating a stabbing and using fibre recovery methods to recover the fibres. Percentage uptake values were then recorded for each method to determine which was most effective.

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A validation study of FARO Zone 3D (FZ3D) for Blood Pattern Analysis (BPA): Comparing the Accuracy between a known and calculated Area of Origin (AO), utilising different wallpaper types. Since presenting my results at the IABPA, the Ontario and Ottawa police are now utilising this technique at crime scenes.

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A study which conducted analysis into the soil of clandestine burials of murine cadavers, using pH, electrical conductivity and cations present in the soil, to devise a strategy to better determine the Post Mortem Interval of human remains.

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As acid attacks are more frequent, the most common acid types were tested to observe a significant effect on tattooed porcine skin. Whether there was a significant difference between the ink colours, the amount of time after the application of acid and if the tattoos were identifiable were also considered.

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Aquatic deaths are difficult to investigate with a loss of forensic evidence due to ever-changing environments affecting the rate of decomposition. Literature lacks a full understanding of the chemistry behind the stages. This study investigated chemical aspects of decomposition in aquatic environments to understand the Post Mortem Interval.

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Common child abuse injuries were inflicted to hard and soft tissues to determine if the injuries were still visible after burial. The results are beneficial as they can aid missing person cases along with determining if child abuse was the cause of death.

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Identification of ancestral estimation methods used in forensic anthropology and applying the methods for digital capture of the skull. Whilst obtaining the same data measurements using an interobserver study. Compiling the measurements for standard deviation to establish the most comparable application with the least amount of deviation within the results.

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Two brush types, two powders, two temperatures, three donors, three depositions, three substrates representing sources commonly encountered at crime scenes, and three storage periods were verified during a fingermark development and recovery study for Staffordshire Police ISO Accreditation.

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With driving under the influence of alcohol at a constant increase in the UK, there are still many websites containing anecdotal advice about drinking and driving. This research is to show that each individual have different Blood Alcohol Concentrations, focusing on Body Mass Index.

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Impression marks found on cartridge cases can provide forensic investigators with a wealth of knowledge. But does the material chosen to produce these cases affect the quality of these useful impressions? 3D imaging and Metrology principles have been used to explore this impact.

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The aim of this project was to develop a standardised method for quantifying bloodshed on different floor surfaces, specifically to use area of spillage to allow estimation of the minimum and maximum amount of blood spilled and thus likelihood of survival.

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An investigation into whether investigators can determine what weapon was used in an attack by looking at the blood spatter created. Four different weapons, a knife, brick, hammer, and a rounders bat were used on pork weighing 200g-250g with 10ml of pigs blood injected.

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My project was a verification study into the effects that different temperatures, powder applicators and lifting materials have on the development of latent fingerprints.

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The aim of this research was to investigate the appearance and char depth of the resulting burn patterns on carpet samples after the ignition of an accelerant to look for individual characteristics that could aid in fire investigation.

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The aim of the research was to evaluate the use of the non-destructive method of alternate light sources (VSC) to estimate the firing distance of a shotgun at close range using gunshot residue. The shotgun was fired at skin and tissue simulants at distances between -1cm and 200cm.

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