“Most people are reluctant and obnoxius”, says Bryan Fuller, brain behind the Hannibal series that you quite non-obnoxius fans love so much,…Read More
Around an hour car drive from Washington D.C., in the middle of extensive woods, the FBI Academy's Dining Hall is located. To make it short, this is the most incredible governmental eatery the author has ever seen — and he has seen plenty worldwide.Read More
2008-09-05 Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Shanghai: Transgressive Body Reincarnated Flesh Berlin 2008Read More
First we thought this to be an unfortunate twist. Yet, since our last forensic entomology training in Medellin at the Universidad de Antioquia with a team from Peru, Brazil, Germany and of course Colombia, we gained a different perspective.Read More
What is your personal definition of “Body Modification”, both in modern and tribal/indigenous context?Read More
By a giddy twist of fate, and as a co-editor of this journal, the author was asked to comment on a paper that deals with the fact that necrophilia can indeed hardly be element of an offense. The current paper is essentially a commentary on previous paper by Sara McKearn, but it also attempts to give some new insights into this moral, ethical and legal question.Read More
hat happens after the death of a marine tetrapod in seawater? Palaeontologists and neontologists have claimed that large lung-breathing marine tetrapods...Read More
I regard forensic entomology as applied science. The estimates we generate are based on results of carefully conducted experiments and field observations. TRead More
Forensic medical officer is a heavy and unattractive work for most people. It happens all the time that you have to face the incomplete and smelly corpses. Out of our imagination, Mark Benecke is a unique figure in this field, and by achieving a great idea in his work, Dr. Mark becomes a world-renowned forensic entomologist. Mark Benecke was born in 1970, in Bavaria, Germany. After receiving a Dr. rer. medic. at Cologne University in 1997, he worked in the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Manhattan, New York from 1997–1999. As of 2008, he works internationally on forensic cases as a freelance expert witness. He also teaches at various police academies and acts as a visiting professor to universities in Germany, England,Vietnam, Colombia, and the Philippines.Read More
To determine psychological, biographical and life style parameters in a large, active, real-life vampyre subculture, we used an internet- based questionnaire with special features, including strict inclusion criteria, missing outgroup and proof of existence of all participants.Read More
Cemetary historian David Pescod-Taylor and forensic biologist Mark Benecke think there's a simple explanation for why people believed in the living dead. Their theory involves decaying corpses and unfortunates suffering from misunderstood diseases...Read More
n July 2012, over several days and nights, our team examined 622 mummies in the basement of the Capuchin monestary in Palermo, with corpses dating back mostly between the 17th to 20th century. The mummies passed through different, mixed stages of decay, even though their decompositional end state is mummification.Read More
Der Liebespfeil von Schnirkelschnecken ist auch Nichtmalakologen oft bekannt. Dies ist umso verwunderlicher, da sowohl zoologische als auch populärwissenschaftliche Darstellungen - wenn überhaupt - meist nur in einem Nebensatz auf das Gebilde eingehen. Darüberhinaus gilt das "Liebesleben der Weinbergschnecke" im Volksmund als Sinnbild einer abstrusen und langweiligen wissenschaftlichen Thematik.Read More
Interviewer: Alejandra Arredondo... I’ve come across the theory that many people believe that vampires do not exist and all the stories are just a myth. However, I believe otherwise. There has to be some reason that there are so many movies and television shows that broadcast vampires. This is why I came to you for guidance. I want to be able to fulfill my task in this research project vastly. The purpose of my project is to open the eyes to my fellow colleagues the truth behind vampirism, and the importance of it ... (Alejandra Arredondo)Read More
Nachts, wenn draußen die eisigen Novemberstürme toben, denkt Patrick O'Baldraithe zurück an seine Kindheitstage. An den grauen Felsen der irischen Westküste wohnte damals ein verschrobener Alter. Oft wanderte der Alte den steinigen Strand auf und ab und es schien, als wollte er sich dabei jedes Fleckchen Erde unter seinen Füßen einprägen. Manchmal sahen die Kinder, daß er einen kleinen Gegenstand so weit wie möglich in Richtung Meer warf. Der alte Kauz konnte dann viele Stunden auf einem der riesigen Gesteinsbrocken am Strand zubringen, ohne sich zu rühren. Wenn ihn nicht zuvor die steigende Flut von seinem harten Sitz vertrieb, starrte er solange auf die glitzernde Wasserfläche, bis die Sonne in den abendlichen Wolken versunken war. Niemand, so erzählen es die alten Fischer noch heute, hat je erfahren, worauf er dort wartete.Read More
Im pazifischen Makin Marakei soll es früher als Mutprobe gegolten haben, lebendige Conusschnecken zu erbeuten. Mehr als einmal hatten die Tiere einen ihrer bis zu fünfzig Giftzähne auf die tapferen Taucher abgeschossen und bei diesen zu Kopfschmerz, Atemlähmung oder sogar Herzversagen geführt.Read More
Some science problems are eternal, and others nearly so. Pierre de Fermat's famous mathematical poser, for example, appeared in 1619, and lurked for 374 years before someone found a way to solve it. An even harder question has been wlth us practically forever:
"Which came first - the chicken or the egg?" Now, thanks to a simple discovery, I have cracked this heretofore maddening problem.
Paranormal proponents and popular articles are quick to attribute certain dramatic fire-death characteristics to an unknown or bizarre power source, but in all such deaths documented in forensic literature, there has been no need to resort to bizarre interpretations to account for the observed facts.
Forensic scientists very rarely, if ever, mention the (alleged) phenomenon of spontaneous human combustion (SHC). After reading an article on the subject in BILD, Germany's most famous tabloid newspaper (circulation four million daily), I started to wonder about this.Read More
Lint balls from navels (navel fluff, belly button fluff) won an Ig Nobel Prize in 2002 for Karl Kruszelnicki. Dr. Kruszelnicki worked on observations reported in a survey of 4799 lint-collecting people, rather than on tons (I use that word here metaphorically) of individual balls from a single person.
I am a forensic investigator, with a new (to me, I mean) interest in lint. I mentioned this during a radio program. A few weeks later, a young couple (Elisabeth and Jan from Dresden) approached me after a public lecture and handed me a full collection of lint balls collected exclusively from their own navels. This allowed me to examine 167 lint balls from two persons instead of many different lint balls from a large number of people.Read More
Earlier this year, news reports described a sudden plague of exploding toads in Hamburg, Germany. The reports carried conflicting descriptions and speculation from scientists, governmental officials, passersby, and other authorities -- some said these were spontaneous explosions, some attributed them to attacks by killer crows, some to bacterial or viral action.
Others advanced still more exotic theories. The public was left with a confused notion as to what exactly had happened, and how and why. To make sense of the reports, we assembled an international "dream team" -- three extraordinarily curious, determined scientists, each of whom has a deep background in one or more elements of the apparent story. Their assignment: to try to discover the truth about the exploding toads of Hamburg.Read More