You may have heard about body farms, the research facilities where people donate dead bodies for scholarly research. But have you ever wondered what goes on in these places? What exactly are scientists doing with all these donated bodies? What mysteries are they trying to solve, and why?
In three decades as a forensic psychologist, Dr. Kris Mohandie has met one-on-one with some of the most violent men ever to grab headlines: Joseph Paul Franklin, Herb Mullin, Willie Woods and others. He talks to us about whether violent criminals are born or made.
Move over fingerprints—an exciting new field of forensics has emerged: DNA phenotyping, where investigators interpret DNA left behind at a crime scene to make predictions about what the perpetrator might look like. We spoke with Ellen Greytak, a bioinformatics expert, to learn more about the use and limitations of this new science.