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Crime Script Sequencing: An optimal forensic combination for cold case analysis

Keatley, D.A., Arntfield, M. and Clarke, D.D. (2022) Crime Script Sequencing: An optimal forensic combination for cold case analysis. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 5 . Art. 100278.

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Criminal cases go cold when investigative leads or forensic testing does not lead to a successful arrest. In these cases, investigators are often keen to use novel methods to derive fresh ideas or insights. Recently, academics from a range of fields, including Psychology, Criminology, and Forensic Sciences have developed a range of new methods and tests to assist with police investigations. The current paper outlines a novel approach to assisting with police cold case investigations: Crime Script Sequencing. The new method combines two leading temporal methods, Crime Script Analysis and Behaviour Sequence Analysis. A real-world cold case, the bombing of Canadian Pacific Airlines Fight 21, is presented and analysed using Crime Script Sequencing to offer readers a guide of how to use the method for other investigations. Impacts, insights, and potential future developments of the method are outlined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Law and Criminology
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Copyright: © 2022 The Authors.
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