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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 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.


How Forensic Accounting Works

How Forensic Accounting Works

Forensic accounting involves investigating crimes within the field of finance. Learn why forensic accounting is important to government and big business. See more »

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 »