6 Forensic Advancements via Sue Colleta

The forensic community works tirelessly to improve techniques to aid law enforcement, and much of this work is done at body farms across the country. The Texas body farm has conducted some amazing work as of late. I’ve complied my top six forensic advancements, which I think you’ll find fascinating. 6 Mind-Blowing Forensic Advancements

via 6 Mind-Blowing Forensic Advancements – by Crime Writer, Sue Coletta… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Forensic Linguistics: 101 — April Rink

If you have ever heard a song for the first time and recognized the artist because of his/her voice, then you have employed the techniques of linguistics. Or maybe you’ve left a note for your mother on the kitchen counter asking her to buy Doritos and though you didn’t sign it, she knew your handwriting. In a […]

via Forensic Linguistics: 101 — April Rink

Aaron Hernandez sues over hacked jailhouse phone calls — WTNH Connecticut News

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has sued a company after some of his jailhouse phone calls were apparently listened to by an unknown person. Hernandez’s lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston charges Dallas-based Securus Technologies Inc. with negligence, breach of contract, and invasion of privacy. It demands that Securus…

via Aaron Hernandez sues over hacked jailhouse phone calls — WTNH Connecticut News

Colombia plane crash: 6th survivor found under fuselage — WGNO

Watch Video NEAR MEDELLIN, Colombia (CNN) – Authorities say they’ve found a sixth survivor of a plane crash in Colombia. The man was found under the fuselage, according to Mauricio Parodi, a local disaster official. Medellin Mayor Federico Gutiérrez says 75 people were killed in the crash and six people were injured. A charter plane carrying…

via Colombia plane crash: 6th survivor found under fuselage — WGNO

Conservation Connection – Understanding decomposer lifeforms

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Naturalist Curtis Parsons visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to show us the mysterious world of decomposers. Q. What are decomposers? • Decomposers are organisms that help break down dead and decaying matter • Some decomposers specialize on breaking down plants or animals • Today we’ll focus on animal decomposers, especially insects…

via Conservation Connection – Understanding decomposer lifeforms — kplr11.com

Spent nuclear fuel canisters vulnerable to failure as they age — nuclear-news

Premature failure of U.S. spent nuclear fuel storage canisters, San Onofre Safety.org, by Donna Gilmore “……Stainless Steel Dry Canister Problems Darrell Dunn, an NRC materials engineer, stated stainless steel dry storage canisters are vulnerable to failure within about 25 – 42 years. If any of the fuel cladding in the canister fails, there is no protective barrier and […]

via Spent nuclear fuel canisters vulnerable to failure as they age — nuclear-news

Counteranalysis via Freud

In psychology, the term was first employed by Sigmund Freud‘s colleague Josef Breuer (1842–1925), who developed a “cathartic” treatment using hypnosis for persons suffering from extensive hysteria. While under hypnosis, Breuer’s patients were able to recall traumatic experiences, and through the process of expressing the original emotions that had been repressed and forgotten, they were relieved of their hysteric symptoms. Catharsis was also central to Freud’s concept ofpsychoanalysis, but he replaced hypnosis with free association.[16]

The term catharsis has also been adopted by modern psychotherapy, particularly Freudian psychoanalysis, to describe the act of expressing, or more accurately,experiencing the deep emotions often associated with events in the individual’s past which had originally been repressed or ignored, and had never been adequately addressed or experienced.

There has been much debate about the use of catharsis in the reduction of anger. Some scholars believe that “blowing off steam” may reduce physiological stress in the short term, but this reduction may act as a reward mechanism, reinforcing the behavior and promoting future outbursts.[17][18][19][20] However, other studies have suggested that using violent media may decrease hostility under periods of stress.[21] Legal scholars have linked “catharsis” to “closure”[22] (an individual’s desire for a firm answer to a question and an aversion toward ambiguity) and “satisfaction” which can be applied to affective strategies as diverse as retribution, on one hand, and forgiveness on the other.[23] Interestingly, there’s no “one size fits all” definition of “catharsis”,[24] and this doesn’t allow a clear definition of its use in therapeutic terms.

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Patty Hearst crime history: September 18, 1975

On this date in 1975, heiress-turned-hostage-turned- revolutionary Patty Hearst was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco. And so began her transformation from radical chic to jailhouse geek. She was tried, convicted, and given a seven year sentence that was commuted in 1979. She was pardoned in January 2001 .

Further reading:

Wikipedia entry on Patty Hears

Nobody Move!

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On this date in 1975, heiress-turned-hostage-turned- revolutionary Patty Hearst was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco. And so began her transformation from radical chic to jailhouse geek. She was tried, convicted, and given a seven year sentence that was commuted in 1979 (thanks, Jimmy!). She was pardoned in January 2001 (thanks, Bill!).

Further reading:

Wikipedia entry on Patty Hearst

Patty Hearst, actress

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