– Hair Analysis
Scenario: The nude body of a beautiful 20 year old female was found in her rented apartment by her male roommate at 3:15am one Saturday morning. He had been out partying with his fraternity buddies and when he came in and went to her bedroom to check on her, as he always does after he has been out and comes in that time of morning, he was shocked to find her body face up stretched across her queen size bed. Her blonde hair appeared to have been perfectly styled and it appeared that she had her makeup still on. Her two pets, a black poodle and a multicolored cat, were locked away in her bathroom next to her bedroom. The 20 year old was a pre-med student and she spent most of her time studying and she had no known boyfriend. When the Crime Scene Investigators got to the crime scene, one of first things they noticed were two to three dark hairs on her torso that did not appear to have originated from her.
Are the hairs human or animal? If it is human, what part of the body did it come from? Is it from a male or a female? This audio will explain how the scientific analysis of the hairs on the victim’s body can easily be determined to be human or animal. The differences that are generally seen between human hair and animal hair will allow a trained Forensic Analyst to make a positive determination between the two in a short period of time. The powerful microscopes and instruments that are available to individualize human hair apart from other hairs will be explored. Finally, you will find out why finding a root on a hair as physical evidence plays an essential role in determining the sex of who the hair originated from.
So stop pulling out your hair and click on the audio to find out how Hair analysis can be used to solve the most difficult crimes!