Forensic

The footprint that caught Richard Ramirez. At the time, Ramirez bought a new pair of shoes that were extremely unique and rather easily traceable. Were it not for this footprint, Ramirez might have still been killing to this day.

“[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.

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
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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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'One Of A Kind' Collection Of Animal Eyeballs Aids Research On Vision Problems
Most of the 56,000 eyes sent to the little lab in Wisconsin come from vets who want help diagnosing dogs, cats and horses. But the repository also has eyes from sloths, elephant seals and dragonflies.

There is a little room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that is filled with the eyeballs of animals — everything from the duck-billed platypus to the two-toed sloth to the boa constrictor.

“We think we’re the largest collection of animal eyeballs,” says Dick Dubielzig, who founded the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin in 1983, but he admits that this is hard to prove. “Maybe we should go to the Guinness people and see if they have an answer to that.”

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Name: Robert Downey Jr.

Crime: From 1996 through 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges including cocaine, heroin and marijuana and went several times through drug treatment programs unsuccessfully, explaining in 1999 to a judge: “It’s like I have a shotgun in my mouth, and I’ve got my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal.” He explained his relapses by claiming to have been addicted to drugs since the age of eight, due to the fact that his father, also an addict, had been giving them to him. 

  1. In April 1996, Downey was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun.. A month later, while on parole, he trespassed into a neighbor’s home while under the influence of a controlled substance and fell asleep in one of the beds. He was sentenced to three years of probation and required to undergo compulsory drug testing.
  2. In 1997, he missed one of the court-ordered drug tests and had to spend six months in the Los Angeles County jail.  After Downey missed another required drug test in 1999, he was arrested once more. Despite Downey’s lawyer, he was sentenced to a three-year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California.
  3. Before the end of his first season on Ally McBeal, over the Thanksgiving 2000 holiday, Downey was arrested when his room at Merv Griffin’s Hotel and was searched by the police, who were responding to an anonymous 911 call. Downey was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of cocaine and Valium. 
  4. In April 2001, while he was on parole, a Los Angeles police officer found him wandering barefoot in Culver City, just outside Los Angeles. He was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, but was released a few hours later, even though tests showed he had cocaine in his system.

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.