Forensic

“[bite marks] are indicative of a highly enraged and sadistic killer who could potentially escalate to more extensive mutilation or cannibalistic rituals in future homicides.”   (from “The Method and Madness of Monsters”).

Pictured above is the bite mark of Canadian serial killer Peter Woodcock which was found on the bottom half of the leg of his very first victim, 7-year old Wayne Mallette. Woodcock was 17 years old at that time.

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A memorial service was carried out for the nine unidentified victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the majority of which were unearthed from Gacy’s crawlspace, although one was found buried in his backyard. 

The first of these victims to be identified was Timothy Jack McCoy, who happened to be Gacy’s first murder victim. He was identified in 1986, 8 years after Gacy had been apprehended. The next of these unknown victims wouldn’t be identified until 2011, whenever DNA testing revealed the identity of William George Bundy, who had been only 19 years old when he went missing on his way to a part in 1976. Finally, in 2017 another victim was identified, this was 16 year old James Haakenson, who had last spoken to his family in 1976. 

After the police obtained full DNA profiles of the unidentified bodies they were able to put them to good use, confirming the identification of two victims, excluding the possibility of other missing teenagers from that time period being the victims, and closing four unrelated cold cases. They have not, however, managed to identify all of Gacy’s 33 confirmed victims, and a further 6 remain unknown.

Profiling a Mass Murderer: Eric David Harris Pt. II

Name of Mass Murderer: Eric David Harris

Type of Mass Murderer: School shooter

Date of Killings: April 20th, 1999

Number of People Killed: 8 – one teacher, four students

Suicide Y/N: Yes.

Psychological Factors:

  • Frustration: Harris’ frustration with the world around him was definitely a major catalyst in the massacre – as well as a major subject of discussion surrounding the event. Just a few days before the attack on Columbine, Harris is reported to have been rejected from the US Marine Corps. – an event he viewed as critical failure; disappointing his father whom was a successful airman in the US. Army. Another source of frustration is the reported bullying that he and Dylan Klebold experienced throughout their time in high school. Harris felt outcast and indignant; he is quoted in his journal – “I hate you people for leaving me out of so many fun things. And no don’t fucking say, “well thats your fault” because it isnt, you people had my phone #, and I asked and all, but no. no no no dont let the weird looking Eric KID come along, ohh fucking nooo.”
  • Psychological Disorders Present: Harris was being prescribed medication for OCD. This proved to be a very minor problem however, compared to the discovery concluded by psychologists after his death – Eric Harris was a sociopath. Based on writings in his journal, forensic psychologists have come to the conclusion that Harris – unlike Klebold – was sadistic and very aware of the weight of his plans.
  • Self-Concept: Eric Harris considered himself to be “God-like”. He definitely had a very strong superiority complex, and it showed in his behavior even before the massacre. Journal entries of his express a passion for Nazism. Harris is quoted – “Its ok If I am a hypocrite, but no one else. because I am higher then you people, no matter what you say if you disagree I would shoot you”
  • Poor Interpersonal Skills: Despite being bullied and “unpopular”, Harris is described to have been very good at socializing. It was Harris’ good interpersonal skills that acquired so much weaponry for both he and Klebold.
  • Abandonment Issues: N/A; homemaker mother, airforce father – stable family
  • Child Abuse/Trauma: N/A; good upbringing

Social-Cultural Factors:

  • Social Isolation: Harris expressed hurt at not being included by his peers in “fun stuff”. Social isolation and perceived outcast has been documented as a major factor.
  • Rejection: Rejection from the US Marine Corps was a big hit to Harris’ ego. Social rejection regarding perceived popularity and inclusion were also catalysts.
  • Victim of Bullying: Bullying is very hot topic in regards to Eric Harris’ actions. According to former schoolmates, both he and Klebold were subject to years of bullying throughout high school that went without intervention by teachers. “People surrounded them [Harris and Klebold] in the commons and squirted ketchup packets all over them, laughing at them, calling them faggots.”
  • Relationship with Parents: Harris’ mother was a homemaker; their relationship was good. Harris’ father was a former airman in the US Army; he is reported to have frequently spent quality time with Harris.
  • Prior Criminal History: Just a few months before the Columbine Massacre, Eric Harris acquired his first spot on an otherwise nonexistent criminal record – he was charged with felony theft for breaking into and stealing from a van.
  • Successes/Failures in Life: As mentioned, being rejected from the US Marine Corps was perceived as a major failure for Harris.
  • Religion: N/A
ID #37751

Name: Voss
Age: 17
Country: USA

I’m a teenager that has no clue what they’re doing.

I like astronomy, astrophysics, particle physics, (forensic) psychology/profiling, linguistics, literature and writing, computer science/programming, biology, chemistry, gardening. Pretty much anything that happens to exist within this universe (and some things that may or may not exist outside of it), if it is presented in a way that is not terrible, interests me, however.
I’m a gay guy from the northern part of VA, I have no clue what I’m doing in my life, and I hope that we can get along.

Preferences: I literally don’t care as long as you don’t actively despise me

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Los Angeles-based photographer David Orr has been photographing skulls in the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, then mirroring half of the image, with all of the skull’s oddities and history, to explore aesthetic and cultural ideals of perfection and symmetry. 

The project is called Perfect Vessels.

(via This Photographer Is Highlighting The Strange Beauty Of Human Skulls)

Gabriel is my substitute teacher - No. Seriously.

So, I take forensic science and my teacher was off sick.

We get this really cute, blond, short guy. He looked really nice.

Then he wrote his name on the board.

“Mr G.Novak”

I lost my shit.

At some point during the lesson, he opened his suitcase and pulled out a huge bag of lollipops and just sat there - eating them.

Nearer the end, he came up to me, said “Nice work, Curly,” and handed me a lollipop.

When the bell rang, he went into the staff-room. All I heard was, “HEY SIMON! Where’s the cake!? I brought Co-Co!”

See now this is all fine and dandy. Only a few resemblances to make my day better…

However.

He spoke to me a lot that lesson. He was very sarcastic. I asked him if he had always liked science.

This was his response.

“Yeah I’ve always liked science. I know this guy and he’s really smart. A bloody lawyer. Was quite sad when he didn’t go into forensics. That kiddo’s going far.”

SMART. LAWYER. KIDDO.

I’m just going to go squeal and die, now.

Forensic Psychology (for the dummies that don't understand)

These are some of the different paths you can pursue as a Forensic Psychologist.

  • Psychological evaluation and expert testimony regarding criminal forensic issues such as trial competency, waiver of Miranda rights, criminal responsibility, death penalty mitigation, battered woman syndrome, domestic violence, drug dependence, and sexual disorders
  • Testimony and evaluation regarding civil issues such as personal injury, child custody, employment discrimination, mental disability, product liability, professional malpractice, civil commitment and guardianship
  • Assessment, treatment and consultation regarding individuals with a high risk for aggressive behavior in the community, in the workplace, in treatment settings and in correctional facilities
  • Research, testimony and consultation on psychological issues impacting on the legal process, such as eyewitness testimony, jury selection, children’s testimony, repressed memories and pretrial publicity
  • Specialized treatment service to individuals involved with the legal system
  • Consultation to lawmakers about public policy issues with psychological implications
  • Consultation and training to law enforcement, criminal justice and correctional systems
  • Consultation and training to mental health systems and practitioners on forensic issues
  • Analysis of issues related to human performance, product liability and safety
  • Court-appointed monitoring of compliance with settlements in class-action suits affecting mental health or criminal justice settings
  • Mediation and conflict resolution
  • Policy and program development in the psychology-law arena
  • Teaching, training and supervision of graduate students, psychology, and psychiatry interns/ residents, and law students

anonymous asked:

hi! i'm thinking of writing a piece about a detective having to solve a case, and i'm sort of wondering if you all might know of any links/resources/other tumblrs that might help be start reading and learning about police (detective) procedures and what happens as they try to solve a case? because i really want my story to seem realistic, but i have no idea where to start. :( should i watch shows too (to get an idea)? please, any help would be greatly appreciated! <3

Hey Nonnie,

We might not be a lot of help with police and detective procedures since we are the more sciency side of things, but let’s see what kind of resources we can send your way.

For Tumblr blogs we are not much help, Watson’s dash is mainly pretty art and Sherls likes shitposts so… yeah we can’t give you much. However there are plenty of other places to look.

The FBI Handbook of Forensic Services offers procedures regarding evidence collection, preservation, packaging, shipping, and handling. Be warn it is a dense read. 

The Toronto Police Services offers some public procedure information sheets which might have useful crime related terminology and explanations. 

Google standard operating procedures for different law enforcement agencies and see what pops up your way. Also another good way of gaining information is to conduct interviews with people in the field since you can ask them more nuanced questions.

The last way you can probably find information is to attend court. Not sure how it is in other places, but court in Canada is open to the general public unless there are special circumstances (ie. Involvement of a minor/publication bans). If possible, try to attend a criminal case trial. There are tons of information on procedures since it has to be explained in excruciating detail to the juries and lawyers are very thorough with their cross-examinations. This way you learn a bit more on how the forensic works, you can see how the justice system is run, all completely free.