Forensic Studies

Forensic Studies is a weekly series of articles on the usage of forensic science in investigating serial murder. It is written by forensic sciences masters candidate Michelle Plummer.


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Forensic Studies 009: Richard Ramirez

on September 13, 2011 at 7:33 am in Forensic Studies, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Ricardo Muños Ramirez (aka the Night Stalker) was born on February 29, 1960 in El Paso, Texas United States. He is Mexican American, and is 6”1 height, thin, dark long hair, dark skin, and brown eyes. He was the fifth and last child of Julian and Mercedes Ramirez, with three…

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Forensic Studies 008: Robert Rose

on August 9, 2011 at 7:53 am in Forensic Studies, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Robert Rose was a serial killer that used the signature of strangulation. There are two crime scenes under investigation that have the same method of murder which links to one killer. The first scene was of Luis Garcia murdered in his apartment, found by Marguerite, the sister of the victim,…

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Forensic Studies 007: Andrew Cunanan

on July 12, 2011 at 7:06 am in Forensic Studies, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Some acquaintances said that Andrew Cunanan was a homosexual. Family members felt that because he was an altar boy and attended Catholic school that it just could not be true. While attending school, Cunanan was remembered as being bright, talkative and very smart, testing with an I.Q. of 147. As…

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Forensic Studies 006: Anthony Sowell

on June 28, 2011 at 7:10 am in Forensic Studies, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Anthony Sowell, a convicted sex offender, is suspected of killing and dismembering eleven women in Cleveland, Ohio between 2007 and 2009. Sowell grew up in East Cleveland where most of the homes were foreclosed on and many of the residents received government aid such as food stamps. At the age…

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Forensic Studies 005: Terry Blair

on June 14, 2011 at 7:26 am in Forensic Studies, Forensics, Serial Killers by | 1 Comment

Terry Blair became a serial killer after killing seven people before being incarcerated for the rest of his life (Dolan Media Newswires. 2008). Blair grew up in a household of troubled individuals who had too much of an influence on Blair due to the fact that he committed these family…

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Forensic Studies 004: The Black Widow

on May 24, 2011 at 7:10 am in Forensic Studies, Forensics, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Lydia Trueblood got the name The Black Widow for poisoning five of her husbands, her brother-in-law and her baby girl, all for life insurance money (Montaldo, C. 2011). Lydia Trueblood was less than attractive yet something about her seemed to capture the attention of men. At the age of 19,…

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Forensic Studies 003: The Grim Sleeper

on May 17, 2011 at 7:30 am in Forensic Studies, Forensics, Serial Killers by | No Comments

The Familial, a DNA database of genetic profiles of felons, was used for the first time to solve a homicide case in the United States. This was the case of the Grime Sleeper. California is one of only three states that permit this testing technique of DNA (Dolan, M. 2011)….

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Forensic Studies 002: The Green River Killer

on May 10, 2011 at 8:00 am in Forensic Studies, Forensics, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

Nearly 20 years ago the Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgway, committed at least 49 killings during a three year period. He got his name by leaving victims in the Green River Valley. Ridgeway is believed to have committed anywhere from 60 to hundreds of murders, most of which were…

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Forensic Studies 001: The Atlanta Child Murders

on May 3, 2011 at 8:00 am in Forensic Studies, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

Over a twenty-two-month period beginning in July 1979, thirty African-American children and young men either disappeared or were found murdered in Atlanta. A special Atlanta Homicide Task Force was set up to solve the crimes.

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