Plants can play a vital role in linking individuals to crime scenes: from the leaves we step on to the pollen that stick to our clothes. If you are curious about the secret language of plants and the link to crime scenes, be sure to read the article about Forensic Botany published in Servamus: September 2020.
Forensics is a fascinating science with a variety of subdisciplines that are used to link an individual to a crime scene. In an article published in Servamus: September 2020, we highlight some of the lesser known forensic disciplines.
Wildlife crime can be fought by using forensics, such as in poaching incidents where forensics is used to link seized rhino horn or ivory to a crime scene. If you want to read about the development of wildlife forensics, be sure to read the article in Servamus: September 2020.
Hacked to death with a panga - that was how Ed Neumeister, the 67-year-old owner of a restaurant in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal was killed in broad daylight on the first Saturday of June 2020 (Regchand, 2020).
Imagine you are sitting behind your desk at work and the bleep of an incoming message on your cellphone draws your attention. The obscene message reads: "Nice top you're wearing, it looks good on you, but it will look better off. And by the way, I like the way your hair looks today." You look around, out of the window and down the corridor, but there is nobody. You get a feeling of sickness in your stomach because you know that it is the same person who SMSed you last night while you were preparing dinner, telling you that you look sexy wearing an apron.
This month's crime series shows us once again how religion can be abused and used to cloak criminal acts. When Cecilia Steyn started her own "ministry" called "Electus Per Deus" (Chosen by God) in 2012 to take revenge on Ria Grunewald, it also marked the start of the religious group's criminal activities, which included the bombing of vehicles, robbery, fraud and murder. All these criminal acts were performed in the name of their so-called religion. (Refer to part 1 of this month's Crime Series published from p44 in Servamus: July 2020.)
The number of women who have committed violent crime globally, is very small in relation to male perpetrators. Women are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators. But when women kill their husbands, they are considered to either be highly traumatised which leads them to murder their partner to find a way out of a living hell, or they are psychologically unstable.