Journal of the Forensic Science Society (Forensic Sci Soc J)

Publisher: Forensic Science Society; California Association of Criminalists; Forensic Science Society. South Australian Branch, Elsevier

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Other titles Journal (Forensic Science Society), Journal - Forensic Science Society, Journal of the Forensic Science Society
ISSN 0015-7368
OCLC 1369115
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 01/2010; 16(1):12-13.
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 01/1998; 43:493.
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 10/1994; 34(4):219-219.
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    ABSTRACT: The spatial offence behaviour of 45 British serial rapists was examined in order to generate a predictive model, of use to criminal investigators. Two alternative hypotheses were explored. One predicted that rapists would commute into an area to carry out their offence. The second predicted that they would "maraud" out from a fixed location. Of the 45 offenders, 39 fitted the "maurader" hypothesis. However, the area covered by this model was an average of nearly 180 square miles. A second complementary theory, developed from facets of offenders' backgrounds, was therefore used to refine the predictions of distance travelled to and between offences. This enabled the size of the residential zone predicted from the marauder model to be reduced to a mean area of just over ten square miles. Tests of these models, combined into a small scale expert system, predicted the correct area for 82% of the cases. Suggestions for the further development of this expert system are discussed.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):169-75. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72910-8
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):268-269. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72932-7
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):147-150. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72906-6
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):269-270. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72933-9
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    ABSTRACT: The investigation of a crime and the consequent criminal trial are best considered, conceptually, as a book of three chapters: The Problem to Find, The Decision to Charge and The Problem to Prove. All three chapters contain elements of induction and deduction. Induction consists of reasoning from the particular to the general. Deduction consists of reasoning from the general to the particular. However, the first chapter, the investigation, requires predominantly inductive reasoning in that it considers how various pieces of evidence combine to point to a particular culprit. The second chapter is something of a hybrid and it represents the fundamental change in mental attitude which is requred in the change from a mainly inductive, to a mainly deductive, reasoning approach to evidence. The third chapter, the criminal trial, is mainly deductive in character in that it considers each piece of evidence in the light of the hypothesis (i.e., the criminal charge) that a named accused person is guilty of the offence. Some contemporary statistical attitudes to evidential value are discussed both in relation to the extrinsic and the intrinsic properties of physical evidence and also in relation to conflicting attitudes to evidence evaluation throughout the criminal trial.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):155-164. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72908-X
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    ABSTRACT: The uprising of the Palestinian population (Intifada) against the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which erupted in December 1987, has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents. The data on dead victims, as reported by two civil rights organizations of opposite political orientation and by the official military authority, are analyzed and compared with the information obtained from post-mortem examinations of some 65% of the victims carried out over the period 1987 to 1992. The agencies' reports were found to differ, sometimes markedly, from the official autopsy data in respect of number of deaths, their cause and manner. The study indicates a generally downward trend in the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli Defence Forces, which could be the result of the wider use of rubber and plastic bullets, and a steady continuous increase in Israeli victims killed by the Palestinians, possibly accounted for by a shift from the use of "cold weapons" in favour of firearms, and an escalation in violence. It is suggested that the post-mortem examination should be an essential tool for the detection and documentation of possible abuse and bodily harm.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):225-9. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72924-8
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    ABSTRACT: A simple, quick, one-step method for the recovery and enhancement of blood-contaminated shoe marks, incorporating the widely used leuco malachite green, has proven very successful in laboratory trials. The method uses nylon membranes as the lifting media which have previously been impregnated with leuco malachite green. The membranes are activated with deionised water and placed on the marks producing an excellent lift and enhancement simultaneously from a variety of different substrates. The method should prove extremely useful at crime scenes.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4-4). DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72927-3
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    ABSTRACT: The hypothesis that poisoning by phosphines, arsines and stibines might be the primary cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was investigated. Most mattress materials contain phosphorus or antimony compounds as fire retardant additives. Mattress materials in areas affected by the warmth and perspiration of the sleeping infant were found to be naturally infected by the fungus Scopulariopsis brevicaulis which is thought to be capable of generating phosphines, arsines and stibines from materials containing phosphorus, arsenic or antimony compounds. These gases may cause anticholinesterase poisoning and cardiac failure in infants, but contributory factors include the prone sleeping position and overwrapping. In England and Wales, the progressive increase in SIDS between 1951 and 1988 seems to be related to increasing use of phosphorus and antimony compounds as fire retardents in cot mattresses.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):199-204. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72915-7
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):270. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72934-0
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):268-268. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72931-5
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    ABSTRACT: The interpretation of human hair comparisons is highly subjective and examiners tend to be cautious when evaluating positive evidence, partly because of a lack of background information relating to the interpretation of the results obtained. The purpose of this paper is to share the authors' experience of examining a large number (118) of samples of Afro-Caribbean hair. The strategy employed provided a rapid response, and only 11 (9.3%) individuals could not be excluded on the basis of hair comparison. It was concluded that not only are comparisons of Afro-Caribbean hairs possible but a significant proportion of individuals can be excluded by such tests.
    Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):177-9. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72911-X
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):264-267. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72930-3
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):165–167. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72909-1
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(4):257-263. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72929-7
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):187–191. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72913-3
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):207-210. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72917-0
  • Journal of the Forensic Science Society 07/1994; 34(3):205–206. DOI:10.1016/S0015-7368(94)72916-9