Professor Mauriello is featured on ID Channel’s “Reasonable Doubt” series, episode “Internal Affair.”

Posted by: on May 17, 2017 | No Comments

I am featured as an on camera expert in this episode of ID Channel’s “Reasonable Doubt” crime series entitled “Internal Affair,” premiering Wednesday night, May 17, 2017 at 10:00 PM. Check it out. It is an interesting murder case from 1996 in Baltimore, Maryland.

D.B. Cooper: Case CLosed? – Documentary on History Channel

Posted by: on Jul 10, 2016 | No Comments

I have been part of a 40 person nationwide cold case team investigating the 1971 unsolved D.B. Cooper hijacking of a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and SeattleWashington, on November 24, 1971.  The man known as D.B. Cooper successfully extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted out of the plane with the cash never to me identified or caught.

The History Channel will be broadcasting a two-night documentary entitled “D.B. Cooper: Case Closed?”on Sunday (7/10) and Monday (7/11), that highlights the cold case team 5-year investigation and the 95 pieces of evidential information that targets one man still alive.

I came on board to help the team as a forensic consultant in 2013.  I provided an analysis on the FBI’s four key hijacking witnesses, and their recall of events on the plane during the hijacking, which will be contained in the accompanying book, The Last Master Outlaw, by Thomas J. Colbert and Tom Szollosi, that highlights the investigation and will be available on 7/12/2016.

UMD CCJS Undergraduate Students compete at the Intercollegiate CSI Challenge – where students fight the clock to solve a crime

Posted by: on Mar 22, 2016 | No Comments

(L to R) CSI Terp #2- Patrick Hannigan, Andres Hernandez, Kaitlyn Asbury; Professor Tom Mauriello; and CSI Terp #1 – Emily Toth, Bailey Jean Pendergast, and Nathan

Emmitsburg, Maryland – Mount St. Mary’s University’s CSI Challenge — an intercollegiate competition where students demonstrate their skills in crime scene evidence collection and preservation, case preparation, and investigative presentation took place Saturday, March 19, 2016. At the Mount St. Mary’s University campus.

The competition, established to encourage educational pursuits in the career fields of forensic science and criminal investigation offers students the opportunity for real-world experience supplied by a mock-crime scene, coupled with the stress of competition and time constraints. The Challenge’s objective is to demonstrate professional proficiency and scientific expertise required of persons engaged in crime scene evidence recovery and laboratory examination.  The teams were judged by our own Professor Tom Mauriello, faculty from the University of Guelph-Humber, Ontario, Canada, criminal investigators from the Frederick City Police Department, and members of the Forensic Sciences Unit from the Pennsylvania State Police.

Our two teams were comprised of 6 CCJS undergraduate students selected to compete after successfully completing Professor Mauriello’s CCJS 320 – Introduction to Criminalistics course and a CCJS 399 – Independent Study course focused on the crime scene investigation process.

There were 30 three-person teams who competed during the weekend event and our CCJS teams made us proud by finishing in 2nd and 3rd place. broadcasting from the Lizzie Borden Double Murder House in Fall River, Massachusetts

Posted by: on Jun 18, 2015 | No Comments

The Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 77, Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 P.M. (EST). The topic “The Crime of the Century – A Forensic Examination of the Accused – Lizzie Borden.”   The crime was this country’s most infamous double murder case of the 19th century, the murders of her father and step-mother, Andrew and Abby Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4th, 1892.  The show will be broadcast LIVE from the very house where both murders occurred at 92 Second St.  The Borden house is now referred to as the “Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum.” with a new address of 230 2nd St, Fall River, MA.  A psychological autopsy on Lizzie Borden will be discussed with prominent psychologist, Dr. Stephen Kane; and Editor and Publisher of The Hatchet: Journal of Lizzie Borden Studies, Dr. Stefani Koorey.  So join host Tom Mauriello and the ForensicWeek crew on brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.  Thank you for watching!

Article from the Herald News in Fall River

‘Town Neck Torso’ Killing Remains Unsolved – Sandwich, MA (Cape Cod)

Posted by: on Jan 10, 2015 | No Comments

Tom Mauriello was asked to comment on a cold case from Sandwich, MA, where the torso of a man was found on the beach in June of 2014.  See the January 8, 2015 article written by JAMES KINSELLA and KARA RYAN  For more background information about the case click on this document. Sandwich MA Torso Found

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | No Comments

The chair of the Department of Computer Science and an associate professor Desmond Lun,  at Rutgers–Camden, is part of a collaborative research team that has been awarded a $1.7 million Army Research Office grant to create a software program based on a computational method for analyzing DNA evidence. DNA can be found in human cells from blood, hair, and skin. When a forensic analyst takes a DNA sample from an object, the DNA from everyone who had contact with the object is potentially in the sample. Lun is working with researchers from Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For additional information and the full article, go to the website below:

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 12/01/14]

Fingerprinting in Adverse Conditions

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments

When it comes to getting fingerprints from a crime scene they are not always in the pristine weather, weather is often a problem. In this article, they look at fingerprinting essentials in extreme conditions such as  extreme heat, extreme cold and wet conditions. In extreme heat it interferes with the lifting tape; in extreme cold when the temperature dips below freezing, you have to thaw prints before processing them; and in wet conditions you need the correct product and techniques to get the latent prints. For additional information and more details on fingerprints in adverse conditions please got to the website below:

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/17/14]

Running the world’s only forensic animal crime lab

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | One Comment

At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory, the lab supports a network of federal agents and inspectors who are trying to protect endangered species and take down wildlife traffickers. A seasoned CSI investigator named Ken Goddard, who left human police now works  to create this special lab in Ashland, Oregon.  Ken discusses the lab’s early beginnings, why he thinks rhinos are nearing extinction, and what it’s like wading through walrus guts in the Arctic. For more information on this article and get the interview with Ken Goddard please go to the website below.

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/17/14]

Research Aims to Assist Forensic Investigations

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments

A chemistry professor Barry K. Lavine at Ohio State University was awarded a grant to continue his research of automobile paint samples to benefit forensic scientists. The grant has the potential to speed up the paint sample process using infrared spectral data. The $443,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice is Lavine’s third grant in four years. Since 2010, his research has collected more than $1.2 million in funding. He plans to do this by comparing the spectral paint to the paint of the automobile using algorithms.

For additional information please visit the website below:

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/18/14]

Houston Forensic Science Center awarded $1.26 million grant

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2014 | One Comment

The Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) has been awarded a $1.26 million grant from the National Institute of Justice. The money will  be used to train staff on the latest trends and technology in the field, and to buy additional DNA analyzing equipment. This equipment will enhance the Center’s capabilities, allowing it to process evidence more quickly and efficiently.

For additional information,  please go to website below.

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 10/14/14] Show airing Episode 63 – “Forensic Lexicology”

Posted by: on Sep 17, 2014 | No Comments

The Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 63 this Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 P.M. (EST).  The topic this week is “Forensic Lexicology¾Analyzing the Written Word.”  Lexicology is the part of linguistics which studies words, their nature and meaning, the relationship between words, word groups and the whole lexicon.  It is an investigative tool used by forensic accountants when examining data with perhaps the two most prevalent forms of questioned document evidence being “numbers” and “words.”

Forensic Accountant and author, Darrell Dorrell returns as a special guest on the Show to discuss this valuable tool and demonstrate its use in during an investigation. So join host, Tom Mauriello and his student interns on, brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.

Thank you for watching! Webcast TV Show – Season 3 Beginning this Thursday – Sept. 4, 2014

Posted by: on Sep 3, 2014 | No Comments is beginning their third season and airing Episode 62 this Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 P.M. (EST). This season the show will be broadcast LIVE bi-weekly still on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST). will continue to broadcast a webcast TV show for its viewers that satisfies its mission, goal and vision principles.

Mission: To present REAL forensic related content by REAL forensic professionals;

Goal: To broadcast topics of interest valued by an international viewership;

Vision: Well informed practitioners; mentored students; and enlightened jury pools.

This season’s premier show will highlight the episodes already archived on the – YouTube channel, and announce the future shows scheduled for the upcoming bi-weekly broadcasts.  So join host, Tom Mauriello and his student interns for this special premier show on

Thank you for watching!

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Bruising Sensor to Determine Child Abuse

Posted by: on Apr 24, 2014 | No Comments

A University of Louisville research team has developed a force sensing skin that can be adapted to a child surrogate to identify potential bruising locations during mock laboratory experiments of accidents and abusive events. The presence, distribution and location of bruising on a child’s body can give a roadmap to documenting a child’s exposure to impact. It’s designed to contour to all body regions of the child surrogate to provide this roadmap. This mapping could also show the magnitude of force of each impact. This type of information could be critical in a forensic analysis of a child’s injury. Child surrogates have been used to study motor vehicle crashes to predict injury risk. But these studies have not focused on potential injuries to the skin or soft tissue. The researchers at Louisville want to develop a base of these roadmaps to be associated with various simulated events and compare this to clinical studies.

Source: Science Daily

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[Abstract written by Alicia Terrell, ForensIQ Intern, 041714]

Fun Crime Scene Cheat Sheet Infographic

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments

This infographic gives a quick visual representation of the different types of crime scene professionals and the work each must contribute to collectively solve a crime. Quickly yet clearly, this inforgraphic summarizes some of the key concerns and uses of evidence found at a crime scene by giving brief descriptions on: how to lift fingerprints, suggesting clues to look for while estimating the time of death, the use of forensic entomology, analyzing DNA profiling and bloodstains patterns, and describing the process of how an autopsy is completed. Do not substitute this crime scene cheat sheet infographic for training, but use it as a guide for recalling tips and advice of the different types of crime scene professionals and their work.

Click here to view the fun crime scene cheat sheet infographic!

Source: Forensic Nexus

[Abstract written by Noel Andres, ForensIQ Intern 3/6/14]

Study Shows How Dogs are Trained to Detect Explosives

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments

Training a dog is no easy feat. Training a dog to detect explosives is considerably much more difficult. This article overviews a study conducted by Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis that explored the method used to train police dogs and determine its effectiveness. With the results of the study, options can be discussed on what can be done to make canine detection legally admissible evidence in court.

Click here to view the article.


[Abstract by Walter Tates, ForensIQ Intern. 030614]