Top 50 Forensic Scientist Blogs
With careers in criminal justice on the rise, interest in forensic science is increasing. Below are the top 50 forensic science blogs, sites, and resources.
Best Forensic Science Blogs
From scientists, reporters, investigators, and more, you can read a great deal of information on the field of forensics.
1. Forensic Echo
: Visit here for information on the behavioral and forensic sciences in the courts. You can read about the latest cases, get the editorial pick, or view the latest headlines. There is also information on receiving a free subscription to this publication.
2. The Depravity Scale Blog
: This blog is written by Michael Welner, M.D., who is part of The Forensic Panel. He takes on the most heinous crimes and analyzes their effects on law enforcement and the community. You can also get a link to the main website with more forensic science information.
3. Medical Examiner Dr. G.
: This site hosts the popular show on the Discovery Health channel. You can get more information on Dr. G., visit the forum, take a test, and watch videos. There is also a Q & A session where the doctor answers forensics questions from viewers.
4. Forensic Science Blog
: This is the place where happenings in forensic science are documented. You can get an introduction, career information, even a section for children. Visitors can also send in their questions.
5. Forensics Talk
: This nurse is a state certified Forensic Nurse Examiner with basic, intermediate, and advanced forensic training. In addition to the regularly updated blog, you can get a ton of links to forensic and criminal information. A recent post announced the release of 30 new criminal studies that were available to the public.
6. Forensic News Blog
: A group of forensic science professionals surf the web to find interesting news stories on forensics and related topics. Their students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are also known to post from time to time. A recent entry examined fingerprint technology and the misperceptions of CSI.
7. All About Forensic Psychology
: David has an honors degree in psychology and a Masters in occupational psychology from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The blog is where he showcases and reviews the very best forensic psychology information on the internet. Be sure to check out the “Top 7 Serial Killer Myths” entry.
8. Gizmos & Gadgets
: Richard Warrington designed this site to help investigators find cost-effective ways to process crime scenes. It also shows the tricks of the trade, as well as some of the latest technology in the field of crime scene investigation. You can even view photos of common tasks performed in this field.
9. Scientific American
: A search for forensics, turns up 84 articles and blog entries from this leading publication. Get news on labs, commentary from experts, and more. An interesting article is entitled “CSI: The Reality.”
10. Psychology and Crime News
: This blog is a place to collate information of interest in a forensic psychological context. You can also get links to other useful related blogs, course information, and help for job seekers. The latest entry dealt with terminology used in forensics.
11. Criminal Profiling
: This blog features criminal justice, offender profiling, victimology, serial killers, and forensic psychology news. Get information on behavioral sciences, case studies, forensics, and more. A recent entry dealt a 72 year old man suspected of 30 rapes and murders.
12. Forensic Science Blog
: The University of Florida hosts this blog. You can get current news, ongoing research, and professional happenings. The latest entry examined an NPR report’s concerns about forensic science in the United States.
13. Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Blog
: The students and professors at Mount Ida College in Massachusetts use this blog for educational purposes. Read more on what they are studying, how they are progressing, cases that interest them, and even career information.
14. The Charles Smith Blog
: Harold Levy first began this blog to expose Dr. Charles Smith, who posed as a forensic pathologist. In the aftermath, he continues to blog to expose similar ongoing cases. Read his blog to get updates on cases which involve failures of forensic pathologists and forensic pathology.
15. In The News
: Karen Franklin is a forensic psychologist in Northern California and an adjunct professor at Alliant International University. Her blog highlights news and commentary relevant to forensic psychology, criminology, and psychology-law. Be sure to read the “What’s it Take to Become a Forensic Psychologist” post.
16. SANS Computer Forensics
: A team of certified forensic analysts give their thoughts on digital forensics, incident response techniques, and trends. Get computer codes, appearance information, and more. One of the experts recently used a mind map for forensic purposes.
17. Crime Scene
: Frank Girardot takes you behind the yellow tape with takes on true crime, cold cases, and more. Part of the “San Gabriel Valley Tribune,” you can get stories on local and national crime. Get info on the newest crimes, as well as updates on past ones.
18. Forensic Incident Response
: Hogfly blogs about the science of forensics, incident response, methodologies, relating real world investigations to digital ones, and some other tidbits. Many entries deal with internet scams and how to avoid them. Be sure to read the “Why Your Antivirus Can’t Tell You Anything” entry for more information.
19. Crime Scene
: Evan, Jennifer, and Andrea give are crime reporters for “The Miami Herald.” Get an inside look behind the police lines on crimes, drugs, gangs, high profile stories, and more. A recent entry examined a failed plot to bomb synagogues.
20. Forensic Photoshop
: Jim Hoerricks is a Photoshop instructor and a court qualified expert witness in Forensic Video Analysis. Visit here for tips, step-by-steps, and advanced techniques for using Photoshop in a forensic workflow. Entries deal with keywords, crime cameras, and his daily work.
21. Atalanta’s Advent
: A former forensic investigator blogs about death investigation, forensic science, medicolegal, criminology, and crime scene analysis. Although entries stopped in 2006, it is still worth a look for its views of forensics from the inside. The “My Exorcism” entries give many details on the life of a forensic investigator.
22. CrimProf Blog
: Mark Godsey is a professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A useful blog for the forensic scientist who wants to see how cases are presented in court. He regularly gives thoughts on and analyses prominent criminal cases.
23. Binary Intelligence
: This blog contains thoughts and news on digital forensics, pentesting, electronic investigations, and the computer underground. Jim is a computer geek and Matt is a law enforcement professional who share their combined expertise. Learn more about what they do and get recommendations on how to increase your forensic knowledge.
24. Autopsy Report
: This blog chronicles the experiences of a medical examiner intern. Brian finished his studies in 2004, but gives an insightful look at this forensic practice. Get details on the autopsies he is working on and more on this blog.
Best Forensic Science Sites and Resources
Go beyond the best blogs and visit these top sites for forensic scientists on associations, specifics of the trade, and even quizzes for future professionals.
25. Forensic Solutions
: These experts specialize in criminal profiling, forensic science, crime reconstruction, and expert testimony. Visit here for information on criminal profiling, the Forensic Fraud Archive, and much more. The library also offers dozens of free articles on forensic science.
26. American Academy of Forensic Science
: The mission of the AAFS is to promote education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. You can learn more about what they do, read their journal, or get employment information. Also available are useful videos by top experts.
27. American Society of Crime Lab Directors
: The ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to promoting forensic science through leadership and innovation. Take a tour of the visitor’s center or sign up for their newsletter. They also have a quick link for up to date job openings in forensic science.
28. The Forensic Institute
: Located in the UK, the institute provides specialist forensic scientific consultancy, expert witness services, and training in civil or criminal investigations and legal proceedings. You can learn a great deal about what they do and the services they provide. They also provide a transcript of a controversial judgment involving LCN DNA that they testified in.
29. International Crime Scene Investigators Association
: The ICSIA is strictly an internet based non-profit for the field people to express ideas, exchange information, and seek the advice of others. Visitors can learn more about becoming a CSI and get membership info. Of worthy note is their instructions for a basic and advanced crime scene processing kit.
30. Explore Forensics
: Visit here for the basics in forensic science. You can get tips on analyzing evidence, pathology, and more. Be sure to check out the forensic science for beginners for over 80 articles written by experts.
31. John Douglas Mind Hunter
: John was a profiler for the FBI who hunted for some of the most vicious predators in American history, including the Atlanta child murderer, the Green River Killer, and San Francisco's Trailside Killer. Read more about what he does, view the FAQs, or check out his book.
32. Smart Draw
: The Legal Edition of this free software is ideal for forensic scientists or students. Use it to reconstruct accidents, medical examination reports, or crime scene diagrams with 67 examples. You can also use it for estate planning, law enforcement, and more.
33. On Scene
: This crime scene software is designed for law enforcement officers to use at the scene of violent crimes to collect evidence of blood patterns, bullet holes, etc. and keep track of every piece collected from the scene. Get the Crime Scene Command or Plus version for free. Other versions start at $39.95.
34. Forensic Science Publications
: The National Institute of Justice offers tons of free publications, many of which are related to forensic science. You can get more information on collecting DNA, mobile device acquisition, the CSI effect, and more. Best of all, most are available for free.
35. Forensic Entomology
: Did you know that insects are commonly used in forensic sciences? Learn why and how by visiting the site of a leader in the field. You can also get a great deal of links to related sites.
36. American College of Forensic Science
: This institution is dedicated to the advancement of forensic science and education. Get more information on their certification programs and membership. You can even sign up for an online course.
37. True Crime Report
: Visit this blog for true stories of crimes, passion, and murder. Steve Huff is one of the first crime bloggers and is published by the Village Voice Media. Get the latest in crime news, along with updates on past ones.
38. CUNY Podcast
: This podcast contains an interview with forensic scientist Dr. Bill Bass. He helped build the world’s first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition: “The Body Farm.” Get an in depth interview on what he does and more about forensic science.
39. Jefferson Bass
: Need more information on the Bass brothers and The Body Farm? Then view these videos and photos of this top leading forensic institute. You can also get links to their works, excerpts, and appearance information.
40. Tru TV
: The crime section of this well known network contains true stories on serial killers, the mafia, terrorists, spies, and assassins. Get a ton of information on past and present crimes. Of worthy note are the cases where Facebook, Craigslist, and the internet where used to solve them.
41. Forensic Science Services Division
: Part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, this is one of the leading forensic science departments in the nation. You can get a ton of information on what they do including crime scene investigation, toxicology, DNA, evidence control, and much more. You can also get three free brochures which outline further different aspects of forensic science.
42. Science Technician
: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers this guide to the world of science technicians. Get information on the nature of the work, education level required, projected earnings, and more.
43. Crime Scene Forensics
: Visit here for valuable information on the world of forensic science. You can get an inside look at fingerprints, blood stains, DNA, accident reconstruction, and more. You can also order a variety of pocket field guides starting at $2.95.
44. Crime Scene Investigation
: This site contains a ton of links for the forensic scientist. Get guidelines for crime scene response, evidence collection, and photography. You can also get articles on different forensic related topics.
45. ORC Forensics
: Oregon Rule Co. manufactures products for forensic scientists. You can learn more about the tools they use and what they do. Product available include gages, tapes, photo markers, grids, charts, and more.
46. How to Become a Forensic Investigator
: From eHow, you can get the inside scoop on how to become an investigator. You can also get information on what they do, along with a great deal of other forensic and law enforcement related videos.
47. Profile: Angie Fuller
: Angie is a forensic technician assistant supervisor who has worked at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office for nine years. In this interview, she discusses how she got into the field, what she does, and the misconceptions on forensic science.
48. Virtual Autopsy
: Visit this site to perform a simulated autopsy over the internet. Read the case history of the interactive cadaver and autopsy reports. Once you’ve analyzed the cause of death, enter your answer and see if it is correct.
49. Bloodstain Pattern Tutorial
: Get a quick and easy to understand guide to blood stains by J. Slemko Forensic Consulting. You can learn about the different types of blood patterns, along with many useful links.
50. Sample Forensics Quiz
: Take this quiz from the book “1000 Crime Quiz” by Anil Aggrawal. Twenty questions long, and you can get your score once completed. There are also other related links.
Use these best 50 forensic blogs and sites to go far beyond the world of CSI and into the reality of this law enforcement career.