Category Archives: Journal

Assessing Structured Light 3D Scanning using Artec Eva for Injury Documentation during Autopsy

Janujah Sivanandan & Eugene Liscio, P. Eng.
Three-dimensional (3D) scanning is gaining popularity in several forensics and medical settings. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the Artec Eva 3D scanner is appropriate for documenting bullet trajectories and better suited than photographs or manual measurements for measuring the location and size of injuries during […]

Evaluation of a Method for Rehydrating Desiccated Friction Ridge Skin

Leah Innocci, CSCSA, CLPE
Abstract:  A method of rehydrating mummified or desiccated tissue was evaluated by our laboratory. The rehydration method was simple to employ using the equipment and chemicals available within the laboratory. This rehydration technique provided successful results. The methodology rendered the skin pliable, durable, and provided excellent preservation of friction ridge detail.
This article […]

Accuracy and Repeatability of the Laser Scanner and Total Station for Crime and Accident Scene Documentation

David Dustin & Eugene Liscio, P. Eng.
Abstract:  The need for quick and versatile scene documentation tools continues to be of great importance at both crime and accident scenes. What was once documented by hand has transitioned to the total station and, most recently, the laser scanner due to its ease of use and capacity to […]

A Qualitative Theory for Crime Scene Analysis

Ross M. Gardner
Abstract:  Crime scene analysis is a discipline involving the identification and correlation of various actions that occur during a given incident. These correlations exist as both causal and temporal relationships between the various objects involved in the incident. Although the beliefs that guide crime scene reconstruction are relatively simple and very much a product of common […]

Case Management: The Foundation for Crime Scene Reconstruction

Gary W. Graff
Abstract:  Case management is organizing evidence to be workable, retrievable, and understandable in the context of the scene, providing the foundational and structural framework for crime scene reconstruction (CSR).  The importance of proper organization to reconstruction cannot be overstated and has been recognized in the past by pioneers in the field. Organizational efforts should begin […]

A Technical Investigation Pertaining to the First Shot Fired in the JFK Assassination

Frank S. DeRonja, MS Engr & Max Holland
Abstract:  Following the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, the Warren Commission established that one of the three shots fired in Dealey Plaza missed. By 1979, subsequent investigations determined that the first shot fired was the one that missed. Left unanswered was why the first shot missed and how […]

A Comparison of the Terrestrial Laser Scanner & Total Station for Scene Documentation

Eugene Liscio, Adam Hayden, & James Moody

Abstract: The use of the laser scanner for documentation at crime and collision scenes has grown significantly over the past ten years. Many law enforcement agencies and private firms who have traditionally used hand measurements or total stations have migrated over to the laser scanner because of the speed, […]

Shooting Incident Reconstruction

[ November 3, 2014 to November 7, 2014. ] Grand Junction Police Department
Grand Junction, CO.
November 3-7, 2014
Bevel, Gardner & Associates
Instructor: Jonathyn Priest & Iris Dalley
Contact: Craig Gravel, Training Coordinator
405-706-8489 or <>

Math and Physics of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

Math and Physics of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop presented by the Specialized Training Unit at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Doral, Florida.
February 16-20, 2015
For information contact:
Officer Rosa Holtz
Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute
Specialized Training Unit, Bldg. 300
9106 N.W. 58th St.
Doral, FL 33178
Voice: 305-715-5022
Fax: 305-715-5107

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

[ December 7, 2015 to December 11, 2015. ] Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop presented by the Specialized Training Unit at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Doral, Florida.

December 7-11. 2015

For information contact:

Toby L. Wolson, MS, F-ABC, Criminalist Supervisor
Miami-Dade Police Department
Forensic Services Bureau
Forensic Identification Section
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, Florida 33172-1500
Voice: 305-471-3041
Fax: 305-471-2052