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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Careers in Forensic Science


Buikstra, J.E. & Maples, M.K. (1999). The life and career of William R. Maples. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 44(4), 677-681. (Available electronically)

An overview of the distinguished career of William R. Maples, forensic anthropologist. Discussion includes key contributions he made to the field and several of his noteworthy cases. (See also the Introduction on page 675 of this issue.)

Fred Inbau. Obituary. (1998, June 13). The Economist, 347(8072): 86. (Available electronically)

A profile of Fred Inbau, a controversial criminologist. Inbau, later a president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, first made his name at Northwestern University near Chicago, where he was a teacher of criminal law for 32 years, with his innovative work on the then new polygraph machine. Inbau was more famous for his vigorous criticism of the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision (1966) and for his Criminal Interrogation and Confessions (1962), a manual referred to critically in that landmark court ruling for its psychological techniques for extracting confessions.

Thomas, R.M. (1998, May 10). Ordway Hilton, 84, authority who detected forged papers - obituary. New York Times, p. 37. (Available electronically)

Hilton, Ordway, 1913-1998, mathematician and document examiner.

Guntzel, J. (2004, August 30). "The bones don't lie". National Catholic reporter, 40(35), 13-16.
(Available electronically)

Covers the work of Clyde Snow, forensic anthropologist.

Toufexis, A. (2002, April 23). A psychiatrist's-eye view of murder and insanity. New York Times, pp. F5. (Available electronically)
An interview with Park Elliott Dietz, forensic psychiatrist.

Herszenhorn, D. (2000, April 23). Dr. Lee, the man with all the clues. New York Times, CT, 1:1. (Available electronically).

Profile of Dr. Henry C. Lee, forensic scientist.

Williams, G. (1998). Death sleuth. Biography, 2(7), 50-56. (Available electronically)

Profile of off-beat forensic scientist, James Starrs.


Eyewitness Identification Research Laboratory This Laboratory at the Psych Department of the University of Texas at El Paso offers their own findings as well as extensive bibliographies on research in eyewitness memory, eyewitness identification, expert tesimony and many aspects of face recognition.

Waggoner, K. (2007, October). The FBI laboratory: 75 years of forensic science service. Forensic science communications, 9(4), 1-37. (Available electronically).

FBI Forensic Laboratory Services home page is a gateway to information on the FBI's laboratory services and to forensic analysis.

Forensic Science Reference Page from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) forensic laboratory in Portland, Oregon, serves federal, state, and international wildlife law enforcement agencies. Their site provides links to other forensic Web resources and includes pages which describe their laboratory services and research projects.