#30.This issue starts with an interview with John Lentini, a legendary fire investigator, a fire and anthropology lab, a bloody footprint lab, the inside scoop on what appliances start fires, druggist’s folds explained, a glass density lab, and a peek behind the scenes of the US Fish & Wildlife’s war on chuparosas. Plus, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, a Photo Mystery, Crossword Puzzle, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

Winter 2007

#3 Interview with Dr. Bill Bass, Inside a Toomark laboratory, Making a Bloodspatter Device, Book Reviews, How You Can Set Up a Body Farm, Finding Money For Your Forensics Program, Using Forensics To Learn a Foreign Language, A Roundup of Budget Digital Microscopes, A Day In The Life of a Fire Investigator, Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Forensic Entomology, The Morgue Guy, and Stoopid Criminals.

#2 Interview with Dr. Henry Lee, Inside a Forensics Firearms Laboratory, Using Bloodstains to Learn Geometry and Trigonometry, How One School started a 4-year Forensics Program, High School Forensics Competition, Adapting Bloodspatter Exercises for Students With Disabilities, The History of Fingerprints, Using Bloom’s Taxonomy With Forensic Education, Fake Blood Recipes, The History of Toolmarks, How Students Can Get a Forensic Career, Book Reviews, and Stoopid Criminals.

#4 Interview with Discovery Health Channel’s Dr. G., Medical Examiner, a Comparison of TV’s CSI With the Real Las Vegas Crime Lab, Fingerprint Chemistry (and labs you can use in your classroom), Using Art to Learn Forensics, Decomposition Made Easy, The Training of Cadaver Dogs, A Day In The Life of a Fire Investigator (continued), Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Forensic Chemistry, The Morgue Guy, and Stoopid Criminals.

Summer 2007

#5 Interview with Dr. Richard Saferstein, Using Money to Learn Forensics, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, Quiz on the Miranda Rights, Alternative Light Sources Explained and Applied to Your Classroom, How to Place Your Students in Jeopardy (and Who Wants be a Millionaire and others), Examining Hair Under a New LIght, Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Forensic Entomology, The Morgue Guy, and Stoopid Criminals.

Winter  2008

#6 An interview with Carol Henderson, President of the AAFS, Using History to Learn Forensics, Search Warrant Quiz, Digging For Bones (anywhere), Forensic Dentistry and how to use it in your classroom, Cadaver Blood For Teaching Blood Clots (not quite what you think), Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Forensic Biotechnology, Serial Killer Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

summer  2008

#7 An interview with Dr. Herb MacDonell, Inventor Of The MAGNA Brush And The World’s Greatest Blood Spatter Expert, Using Garbage To Learn Forensics, Forensic News, Fingerprint Quiz, How To Set Up A Crime Scene, How To Work A Crime Scene, How To Process A Crime Scene, Where To Find Money For Forensics, Fake Blood Recipes AFIS: What Is It And How Is It Different From What’s On TV?, Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History Of Fingerprints, Crime Scene Crossword Puzzle, A Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

Fall  2008

#8 An interview with Jeffery Deaver, author of The Bone Collector, Using Food to Learn Forensics, FBI Bad Guy Picture Quiz, Ewww! Another Decomp Article, How to Treat Your Students to a Virtual Autopsy, Preserving Footprints in the Snow, Making and Running Realistic Crime Scenes, A Challenge: How Long Have I Been Dead?, Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Firearms, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Forensic News, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

spring 2009

#9 An interview with Frank Bender, a forensic sculptor who gives faces back to the dead, Using Shakespeare to Learn Forensics, a Paint Chip Lab, How Your Students Can Make a Polygraph, How to do a Mummy Study, Options and Suggestions for Your Final Exam, a special, last minute Forensic Teacher Supplement, a Bloodspatter Quiz and Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of the Secret Service, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Forensic News, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

spring 2007
spring  2008
#10 An interview with Dr. Michael Baden, forensic pathologist, Suggestions on How to Make the Most of Summer, Using Plants to Learn Forensics, How to get your own GC/MS ASAP, Blacklight Forensics, a special section for teachers new to forensics (how to set up, process, and run a crime scene, how to make fake blood, and how to find money for your classroom). a decomposition quiz and Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of the Forensic Teeth Marks,  a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more
summer  2009

#11 An interview with Frank Hicks, Questioned Document Examiner, How to Get Your Students to Love Doing Book Reports, Duct Tape Forensics, Making a Bloody Mess, Blood Drop Physics, Tabletop Crime Scenes. Our Forensic Myths Quiz, Cool Live Links,  and Forensic Higher Ed Programs. The History of Forensic Toxicology, the Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, Forensic News, and more including movies and live links.

#1 Interview with Kathy Reichs, How to Set Up a Crime Scene, How to Process a Crime Scene, Forensics for New Teachers, Teaching Forensics to Students With Disabilities, Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum with Forensics, New Websites for Forensics, The History of Crime Scenes,, Book Reviews, and Stoopid Criminals.

fall 2006
Winter 2007
Back Issues
#12 An interview with Dayle Hinman, former profiler and host of truTV’s “Body of Evidence”, Using Art to Learn Forensics, An Easy Urinalysis Lab, How to Set Up and Run the Excavation of a Body Activity, How to do Recover Fingerprints From Submerged Objects, Two Mini-labs, a DNA Quiz and Forensic Higher Ed Programs, The History of Forensic Document Examination, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.
winter 2010

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Spring 2010

#13 An interview with Dr.Cyril Wecht, forensic pathologist, Forensic Mentoring, A Comprehensive Fingerprint Lab, Using TV Forensic Show Mistakes to Learn, Using Dogs to Learn Soil Analysis, How to Make a Crime Scene Dummy, An Easy Tire Tracks Lab, A Blood Quiz, Hot Websites to Look At,Upcoming Forensic Event Calendar, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

#14 An interview with John R. Dobies, Forensic Game Warden and Environmentalist, Pickle Autopsy, Would You Be A Reliable Witness?, Barcode Fingerprints, Using Teeth to Learn Forensics, How To Make a Blood Spatter Cage, A Complete Questioned Document Lab, Using Urban Myths For Critical Thinking, Mini-Mystery, Crossword Puzzle, Odontology Quiz, The Morgue Guy, Just For Fun, What’s Going on, Stupid Criminals, and more.
summer 2010
Fall 2010
#15 An interview with Crime Thriller Author Tess Gerritsen, the Inventor of Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT, Recipes and Procedures for Visualizing Hidden Blood, Using Codes to Learn Forensics, Top 10 Body Farm Myths, Reconstructing Shredded Documents, Environmental CSI,  a Hair Quiz, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.
spring 2011
#16. 110 page triple-sized issue. An interview with Dr. Jay Siegel, analytical chemist, Eight labs and activities about arson and explosions to do with your students, and seven more, separate articles. How to get your students to write, and how to do a burned bones study, plus a budget, digital microscope round-up. There are also book reviews, Forensic Crossword Puzzle, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.
summer 2011

#17. An interview with Sasha Alexander, TV role model, a ton of information about shoe impressions, a footprint lab, learn how a Missouri teacher’s students help the FBI, an evidence type lab (class and individual), tips and techniques for new forensic teachers, the skinny on optics in forensics vs. TV, A Day in the Life of: a ballistic firearms expert, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

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Winter 2011

#18. 80 page super-sized issue focusing on junk science in forensics and the courtroom. An interview with John Douglas, FBI profiler, an activity about ethics, another about graphology, one about hair, Information about decorating your classroom, an incentive to study evidence details for clues, Voir Dire explained, a wrongful execution, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

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spring 2012
#19. Our spring issue features an interview with Lesley Hammer, a high school teacher-turned CSI, a toxicology vs. chemistry lab, a lab on a presumptive blood test false positives, two autopsy activities, two decomposition activities, a lesson where pH is used to solve a murder,  a definitive guide to using long bones for height estimates, an activity to make reading fun while students get their hands wet in the lab, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

spring 2014
#20. Our fall issue explores the world of art theft via an interview with Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes Unit. You’ll like a special lab that lets your students see fingernails are just as individual as fingerprints. There’s a great bug lab, one on hair, a list of resources for anyone who wants to take a free course on forensics, A day in the life of a latent print examiner, a Mini Mystery, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Labs, Stoopid Criminals, and more.
Spring 2013

#21. Our spring issue is all about digital forensics. Between its electronic covers is an interview with a digital detective, activities for recovering data, passwords, files, telling fake digital photos from  real ones, career advice for students who want to do this full time, a Mini Mystery, A Day in the Life, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more. You won’t find this stuff in textbooks because it’s too new, but you can get the facts now!

     The latest edition of our CD contains Issues 1-30 in one place, over 1,500 pages of labs, activities, content, student worksheets, rubrics, reproducibles, all podcasts and downloadable files, and everything else you’ve come to expect from The Forensic Teacher. We’re talking about 380 articles and more than 135 Labs/activities. All for less than $1.00 an issue ($29.95 total with free shipping anywhere).

     PLUS—Handbooks, forensic protocols, a searchable index, and guides from the FBI.

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#22. Our fall issue is all about odontology and forensic accounting. It includes an interview with Dr. Lowell Levine, forensic dentist, two very different odontology labs, an exercise in forensic accounting, an ethics game, a lab reconstructing faces starting with a skull, a review and quiz on circumstantial evidence, a liar’s primer, a Mini Mystery, A Day in the Life, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

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fall 2013
Spring 2015

#24. This is our ballistics issue and it has a lot going on for your students. We talk to Peter Diaczuk, a firearms expert from John Jay College, there’s a firearms quiz, a lab using barcodes to compare bullets, a trajectory lesson using  marshmallow guns, an inexpensive bullet lab, a Mini Mystery, an exercise comparing evidence from the Lindurgh baby murder, A Day in the Life of a firearm examiner, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more!

Summer 2014
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winter 2008

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#25 Our spring issue features an interview with the real Gil Grissom, a peek inside the real CSI-Las Vegas crime lab, a great impression activity for your students, a virtual crime scene, a lesson on bone fractures, a checklist for critiquing forensic TV shows, some ideas of things to be on the lookout for when summer eventually arrives, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

#23 Our spring issue features an interview with forensic entomologist Dr. Neal Haskell, a maggot activity, a fingerprinting lab, a closer look at ninhydrin, an easy lab about hair, another about anthropometry, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

The Current Issue

#26 The summer issue features an interview with FBI Special Agent Mike Kortan, the guy who makes sure Hollywood plays fair with the FBI, exercises on setting up and processing a crime scene, crowdsourcing for your classroom, an awesome toolmarks lab, and helpful hints from our readers to make your forensic classes easier. Plus, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.
summer 2015
Fall 2015

#27 Our fall issue features an interview with Toby Wolson, one of the finest blood spatter guys working today, a messy, but wonderful blood spatter lab, an exercise to use smart phones to analyze blood spatter patterns, an ABO & Rh blood typing lab, and a new take on an exercise all about Locard. Plus, a Mini Mystery, Crossword Puzzle, What’s Going On, Just For Fun, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

#28 The spring issue features an interview with Dr. Ray Murray, a forensic geologist, articles about how geology has solved crimes, a cool soil lab for your students, and a blood lab that lets your students determine if a red stain really is blood, and if it is, if it’s human plus four other tests to do on it. Plus, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, Book Reviews, a Photo Mystery, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

spring 2016

#29 Our fall issue features an interview with Patricia Manzolillo, Laboratory Director at the US Postal Inspection Service, labs and exercises about how to analyze paper, another about analyzing ink, pollen as evidence, putting parents to good use, and a cypher activity that will leave your students on edge. Plus, a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, Book Reviews, a Photo Mystery, Hot Links, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

fall 2016

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summer 2017
spring 2017

#31.Making sense of the mess at a crash scene is front and center in this issue. We’ve also got a cool end-of-the-year summative hands on assessment, a tape perforation lab, an STR DNA activity your students will sink their teeth into, and one of the easiest, sweetest decomp exercises ever. Plus a Mini Mystery, Summer Reading Book Reviews,New Products What’s Going On, a Photo Mystery, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

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#32. An interview with Skip Palenik, an amazing trace microscopist, a lab about melting and burning fibers, another about fabric weaves, a webquest that links DNA to isotopes, an activity for footwear impressions in the snow, a way to compute time since death that doesn’t involve math, and a way to let your students use 21st century techniques on the 19th century Lizzie Borden case. Plus a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, a Photo Mystery, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

winter 2017

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#33. An interview with John Butler, a pioneer in the field of rapid DNA fingerprinting, a DNA quiz, a paternity exercise, an activity with The Innocence Project, a chance to eyeball DNA fingerprints, a DNA crossword, a simple  fingerprint examiner competency test, the ultimate body recovery activity, and a chance to reconstruct a family tree using only DNA. Plus a Mini Mystery, What’s Going On, a Photo Mystery, The Morgue Guy, Stoopid Criminals, and more.

Summer 2018