Former circuit court judge the Honourable Donald Shelton, Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan has authored a chapter called “Forensic Science Evidence and Miscarriages of Justice” in Advances in Forensic Human Identification, Xanthé Mallett, Teri Blythe, & Rachel Berry (eds), CRC Press, 2014.
Danny Sullivan, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Monash University looks at the basis for false confessions and how the criminal justice system could better deal with this issue. His commentary looks specifically at the confession of Pedro Hernandez, a man of ‘limited intellect’ and with a history of mental illness, to the murder of Etan Patz in 1979.
Criminology and forensic science in La Belle Epoque
Douglas Starr’s nonfiction book, The Killer of Little Shepherds tells the tale of how serial killer Joseph Vacher was brought to justice through a combination of painstaking investigation and early forensic science in nineteenth-century France.