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A Case of Mistaken Memory?
This case explores the fundamental principles of memory, eyewitness accuracy, and police questioning techniques in witness identification in a criminal case. By studying the details of an actual series of attacks and the subsequent police investigation...


A Classic Case of Serial Murder
In this case study, a newly appointed medical examiner uncovers an unusual trend in drowning cases, which she suspects may be the work of a serial murderer. To prove that she is right, she must rely on instrumentation designed and tested by a team of s...


A Headache to Die For
This case, based on an actual case of product tampering that occurred in Seattle in 1986, was designed for use in an introductory course in forensic science for non-science majors. By working through the case, students gain an understanding of the vari...


Accidental Drowning or Foul Play?
This case was developed for use in the first semester of a sophomore organic chemistry laboratory to illustrate how a combination of techniques is usually required in the identification of chemical compounds. It involves a murder mystery with a forensi...


Burning Down the House
In this lab-based case, arson investigator “Marie Stanforth” comes under suspicion when her ex-husband dies in a fire. Students assume the role of forensic chemists working for the FBI to analyze charred samples recovered from the crime sce...


Dem Bones
In this case study, a forensic anthropologist must determine the age and sex as well as look for signs of trauma to a skeleton found in a shallow grave in a state park. Students simulate the actual procedures used in a forensics lab and learn to identi...


King Tut's Family Secrets
This "clicker case" is based on several articles published in 2010 that determined the genealogy of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun based on microsatellite DNA analysis. The case begins with a description of the seven royal mummies found in Va...


Murder by HIV? Grades 5-8 Edition
This case study gives students an opportunity to draw a conclusion about an actual crime that was prosecuted in Louisiana. A physician was accused of intentionally infecting his ex-girlfriend with HIV-tainted blood drawn from a patient in his practice....


Murder by HIV? Grades 9-12 Edition
This case study gives students an opportunity to draw a conclusion about an actual crime that was prosecuted in Louisiana. A physician was accused of intentionally infecting his ex-girlfriend with HIV-tainted blood drawn from a patient in his practice....


Murder by HIV? Undergraduate Edition
This case study gives students an opportunity to draw a conclusion about an actual crime that was prosecuted in Louisiana. A physician was accused of intentionally infecting his ex-girlfriend with HIV-tainted blood drawn from a patient in his practice....


The Boy in the Temple
This interrupted case study examines molecular genetic evidence reported in scientific literature to determine the fate of Louis-Charles, son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette of France. Controversy and rumors surrounding the death of Louis-Charles sug...


The Case of the Druid Dracula
This case is based on a lurid crime featured on the BBC program Crimewatch in December 2001 that was solved thanks to forensic DNA analysis. Students learn how the structure of DNA and the mechanism used by cells to duplicate DNA were critical...


The Case of the Druid Dracula: Clicker Case Version
This “clicker case” is a modified version of another case in our collection by the same name. It uses a PowerPoint presentation (~3MB) to present the case, which is punctuated by multiple-choice questions that students answer in class using...


The Sad But True Case of Earl Washington
In 1983, Earl Washington "confessed" to a violent crime that he did not commit and was sentenced to death row. After spending seventeen years in prison for something he didn't do, Earl was released in 2001 after his innocence was proven through the use...


Thomas and Sally
Did Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, have children with his slave Sally Hemings? This PowerPoint clicker case explores this controversial question as students consider the evidence for Jefferson as the father of Eston Hemings, as...


What Do We Tell the Sheriff?
Students explore the issues involved in investigating and reporting on a scatter of skeletal remains to the police in this case study.  In addition, the case teaches students about skeletal identification and the quantification of skeletal element...


Explore the case files taken from the records of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Science at the University of Glasgow and examine documents and photographs from some of the famous cases investigated by the forensic staff in the department.

Case against Oscar Slater: Murder of Marion Gilchrist (1908-1909), Glasgow
Case against William and Helen Harkness: Murder of Elizabeth Benjamin, Whiteinch Murder (1922), Glasgow
Case against John Donald Merrett: Murder of Bertha Milner or Merrett (1926-1927), Edinburgh
Case against John Keen, Robert Fletcher, William Dayer, and John McCormack: Assault and Murder of Norrh Mohammed (1924-1925), Port Dundas, Glasgow
Case against John Newell and Susan Newell: Murder of John Johnstone, Go-Cart Tragedy, Coatbridge Murder (1923), Glasgow
Case against Charles Boyle: Maryhill Triple Murder (1924), Glasgow
Case against John Mitchell Henderson: Kirkintilloch Murder (1924-1925), Glasgow
Case against Dr Buck Ruxton: Murder of Isabella Ruxton and Mary Rogerson (1935), Lancaster, Moffat

The case files display a range of forensic techniques developed over the fifty years represented in the files.

Evidence of Finger-prints
Photography
The Medico-Legal Application of the Serological or Precipitin Blood Test
The Medico-Legal Examination of Hairs and Fibres

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