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Forensics is the examination, through physical evidence, of a criminal event or incident. Learn about the various types of forensic disciplines and how they are used to bring the guilty to justice.

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How Autopsies Work

The job of a coroner usually provokes fear, apprehension, or extreme anxiety in people. But handling the deceased is a necessary task. Cut through the mystery of this often misunderstood process and learn the details of the preparation, procedure, and tools needed to perform an autopsy.


How Forensic Dentistry Works

 How Forensic Dentistry Works

Forensic dentistry, also known as forensic odontology, is a way of identifying people by their teeth. Forensic dentistry encompasses bite-mark analysis. See more »

How Crime Scene Photography Works

 How Crime Scene Photography Works

Crime scene photography is used to record evidence of a crime. Learn what crime scene photography is used for and why it needs to be admissable in court. See more »

How Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Works

 How Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Works

Bloodstain pattern analysis is one method crime-scene investigators use to get the scene to tell a story. Learn about bloodstain pattern analysis and why it works. See more »

How Fingerprinting Works

 How Fingerprinting Works

Fingerprinting is a popular technique for identifying criminals and authenticating access. Learn about fingerprinting and its storied history. See more »

How do investigators determine if a wildfire was caused by arson?

 How do investigators determine if a wildfire was caused by arson?

Investigators quickly determined that the wildfire that killed five firefighters and burned more than 40,000 acres in Esperanza, CA, was the result of arson. See more »

How Handwriting Analysis Works

 How Handwriting Analysis Works

When there's a suspect in a crime and the evidence includes a handwritten note, investigators may call in handwriting experts to see if there's a match. Learn about the process. See more »

How Crime-scene Clean-up Works

 How Crime-scene Clean-up Works

Find out what crime-scene clean-up involves, what special knowledge the cleaners need to have and who in the world would be able to do this job. See more »

How Crime Scene Investigation Works

How Crime Scene Investigation Works

Learn what really goes on when a CSI 'processes a crime scene' and get a real-world view of crime scene investigation from a primary scene responder with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. See more »

What is the difference between a medical examiner and a coroner?

 What is the difference between a medical examiner and a coroner?

On TV shows like 'Law and Order,' sometimes you hear about medical examiners and other times you hear about coroners. What's the difference? See more »

How Autopsies Work

 How Autopsies Work

Medical examiners are doctors just like any other, except that their patients are dead. HowStuffWorks talked to a practicing ME to find out how autopsies work, and what we've learned may surprise you. See more »