Lie-Detector Test- so near, yet so FAR from TRUTH

The Lie Detector or Polygraph test was the result of an obsessive desire —to peep into the minds of others and acquire control over them

Blood, teeth can accurately predict criminal’s age

The new technique is potentially useful in the context of police investigations because it can help determine the age of criminals or unidentified bodies, which in turn can lead to identification

Death by hanging: ignorance, suicide or murder?

Popular imagery of suicidal hanging presumes the body hanging freely from the roof, eyes bulging out and tongue protruding from the mouth

Guns, bullets & wounds- the ‘hole’ truth

Many experts claim that they can tell the calibre of the bullets just by looking at the entrance wound. This is scientifically not possible.

Brain fingerprinting: peeping into the suspect’s mind?

The obsessive desire behind brain fingerprinting is one that has fascinated mankind for ages—the desire to ‘read someone’s mind’. This has been a tremendously popular motivation for the simple reason that it would yield terrific power in the hands of one who may accomplish it.

Narco-Tests: The truth behind the ‘Truth Serum’

Narco-tests have been formally discredited in USA, UK and other countries for being unscientific as well as serious legal implications

Post mortem reports – the big farce, justifying untruth

What can be expected out of a post mortem when the doctor who signs the report hasn't seen the body? The ugly reality doesn't end here.

Ballistics- evidence at Gunpoint

Ballistics seeks to ‘determine’ how the bullet was fired; the weapon used and if the empty shells match those recovered from the crime scene

Are hair, fibre, and paint samples– acceptable evidence?

The simple fact is that microscopic hair analysis by a simultaneous visual comparison of different characteristics of hair samples from two different sources through a comparison microscope cannot prove the hair came from a certain individual to the exclusion of any other person.

Fingerprint analysis- science or ‘medical palmistry’?

Investigators have been depending on fingerprint analysis to solve crimes for 100s of years. However there is no scientific way to determine how long a fingerprint has been on a surface or under what circumstances it was placed there.

Are footprints, tyres or tool marks reliable evidence?

A widely held but mistaken belief is that impression evidence can link the suspects to the crime. Such evidence encountered includes footwear impressions, tyre marks, and markings created by tools and similar instruments.

Are DNA tests infallible?

Many people in India- police officers, forensic personnel and legal fraternity believe that ‘DNA tests’ are infallible. This is far from truth

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