Daily Archives: August 26, 2019

State crime lab director retiring after 30 years

CONCORD — Tim Pifer was 27 years old when he was tasked with collecting fingerprints from the Derry condominium where Gregg Smart was murdered in 1990. The scene of the murder site was Pifer’s first crime scene, working as a forensic scientist for New Hampshire’s forensic laboratory.

How a DNA database helped solve a horrific double murder

A monster came knocking at Kathryn Crigler’s door just after dark on Labor Day 1990.
An 81-year-old leg amputee who got around in a wheelchair, Crigler lived in a tidy little house on busy Highway 182 in the college town of Starkville, Miss., a couple of miles from the Mississippi State campus.

Under the Microscope – Regina Wells

Laboratories across the country are dealing with backlogs of sexual assault kits waiting to be tested. Laws in many states have changed requiring all kits to be tested, increasing the caseload for laboratories as well as the turnaround time in which results are obtained. The ANDE 6C Rapid DNA System can analyze an evidence sample in under two hours; however, sexual assault kits are challenging due to mixtures of the victim and suspect’s DNA.

Healthy Nevada Project is studying the strands of our DNA

It started with a cup of coffee.