New Jersey Game Store Swatting Takes An Uglier Turn

Gamers attending a monthly social gathering at Digital Press Video Games in Clifton, New Jersey Saturday evening had no idea the sudden massive police presence outside the store was pointed their way, until a caller posing as a fire department representative started giving them questionable instructions. » 3/29/15 2:46pm Sunday 2:46pm

Juries Of The Future May View Crime Scenes Via "Forensic Holodecks" 

Is the Oculus Rift headset poised to become a game-changer in the courtroom, offering juries a way to evaluate evidence in greater detail than ever before? According to new research, "forensic holodecks" (yep, that's a Star Trek reference) that reconstruct crime scenes could soon become valuable courtroom tools. » 1/12/15 11:28am 1/12/15 11:28am

Cities Across The U.S. Are Beginning to Wade Through Rape Kit Backlog

The horrifically astronomical number of untested rape kits nationwide is starting to recede, according to a report by BBC News. » 1/05/15 6:25pm 1/05/15 6:25pm

What Happened to These Notorious Crime Scenes?

Some buildings that bear witness to heinous crimes are transformed into tourist attractions (you can spend the night in Lizzie Borden's house!) Others get a change of address, or are completely torn down. Here's the current state of five famous crime scenes. » 12/30/14 4:00pm 12/30/14 4:00pm

Parasitology Student Once Tried To Kill His Roommates With His Research

Roommate disputes can have some pretty gruesome consequences, but there is one case from 1970 in which one man was accused of using his research against his hated roomies. His weapon: Ascaris suum, the parasite that he was studying in school and which he allegedly used to make his roommates very ill. » 12/30/14 2:40pm 12/30/14 2:40pm

Experiments Show That A Jury Cannot "Disregard" Testimony

A psychology experiment recruited mock jurors to read through a transcript of a murder trial. After a key piece of evidence came up in court, the jury was told to "disregard" it, just the way they might in a real trial. That's where the problems started. » 12/03/14 3:30pm 12/03/14 3:30pm

At Last, Proof That "Bath Salts" Won't Turn You Into A Cannibal

Remember Rudy Eugene, the "Miami Cannibal" who made sensational headlines in 2012 after gnawing the face off a homeless man? Everyone blamed the designer drug known as "bath salts" for Eugene's flesh-crazed madness. But new evidence shows that the drug probably couldn't cause actual cannibalism. » 12/03/14 1:03pm 12/03/14 1:03pm

LSD Mystery Meat Case Will Remain "Unsolved" Say Police

Earlier this year, a family in Florida rushed to the hospital with bizarre symptoms. After eating broiled steak from Walmart, they had all started hallucinating and feeling sick. It turned out that their meat had been tainted with LSD. But where did it come from? » 11/18/14 11:48am 11/18/14 11:48am

Meet the Amateur Sleuth Who's About to Unmask the Zodiac Killer

Tom Voigt knows absolutely everything about the Zodiac Killer, the real-life murderer featured in the movie Zodiac. Neither cop nor crackpot, Voigt is certain that he's amassed almost enough evidence to solve the decades-old case very soon. » 10/31/14 12:40pm 10/31/14 12:40pm

Are Lone-Wolf Terrorists Really a Big Threat?

The recent attacks in Canada have raised concerns about lone-wolf terrorists who operate without orders from groups abroad. Members of Congress say it's a "huge" threat that require pre-emptives measures. But experts say lone-wolf attackers are a rare phenomenon, and efforts to stop them are a waste of time and money. » 10/27/14 12:00pm 10/27/14 12:00pm

Police Hope 3D Printing Can Help Solve A 1996 Homicide Case

On August 9, 1996, Kobayashi Junko, a 21-year-old senior studying at Sophia University, was murdered in his home in Katsushika-Ku, Tokyo. Today, 18 years later, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police are working with 3D printing technicians to recreate the scene of the crime. » 9/09/14 2:30pm 9/09/14 2:30pm

Would You Notice A Massive Increase In Police Presence?

Let's say the police patrol presence in your area was tripled. Would you feel safer? If you were a criminal, would be feel more afraid? A now-infamous year-long study showed that most likely you wouldn't even notice. » 7/28/14 9:20am 7/28/14 9:20am

If You Want to Understand Cities in the 21st Century, Read This Essay

In 2008, a young model from rural Canada was brutally murdered in a Shanghai apartment building. The story of how her assailant was (maybe) caught, chronicled by journalist Mara Hvistendahl her engrossing essay And the City Swallowed Them, reveals how 21st century cities are changing the world. » 6/26/14 6:26pm 6/26/14 6:26pm

As genetic profiling makes exonerations more prevalent, many states have adopted laws to compensate the wrongly convicted. Texas leads the nation by paying such persons $80,000 per year they were incarcerated. But 21 states have no such statutes yet, leaving them wide open for lawsuits and possibly higher payouts. » 6/19/14 2:25pm 6/19/14 2:25pm

Violent crime is down in Denver since Colorado legalized marijuana. Data shows murders, assaults and burglaries declined during the first three months of the year, compared with the same period for 2013. Some opponents, however, say the criminal effect of decriminalizing marijuana won't be felt for several years » 6/10/14 3:40pm 6/10/14 3:40pm

Video Shows Police Conducting Forensic Tests on a 3D-Printed Gun

Current laws governing the possession of firearms in Australia are very strict. And now, politicians and police are turning their attention toward guns made from 3D printers, in a campaign to make them illegal, while warning the public of the dangers to those who use them. » 5/22/14 1:16pm 5/22/14 1:16pm

Man Attacks Car with Sword in Attempt to Slay the Dark Lord Morgoth

A Portland, Oregon man dressed in chain mail and calling himself a "high elf" claimed to be vanquishing the dark lord Morgoth when he stabbed a woman's car with a sword. It probably won't surprise you to learn that this J.R.R. Tolkien fan took LSD shortly before he decided to slay a sedan. » 5/21/14 9:40am 5/21/14 9:40am