The Forensic Science Geek of the Week
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The week 57 “www.TheTruthAboutForensicScience.com Forensic Science Geek of the Week” honors goes to: Ronald Moore, Esquire.
About our winner according to his website:
Mr. Moore received a BS in Biology from U.C. Riverside in 1988, a JD from Western State University College of Law in 2003, and an AS in Culinary Arts from Saddleback College in 2009.
Ron worked as a Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Forensic Science Services Laboratory from 1989 to 2007. During his tenure at the OC Crime Lab, he worked in Toxicology, Blood and Breath Alcohol, Drug Analysis, Firearm and Toolmark Examination, and Crime Scene Investigation. He completed his time at the lab with18 months supervising the Blood and Breath Alcohol sections. He is very familiar with the Intoxilyzer 5000, Datamaster, and Alco-Sensor IV breath testing instruments used during the years he was with the lab. Mr. Moore testified for both the prosecution and defense in over 450 DUI cases, and in many major crime cases. He assisted in the investigation of approximately 50 homicides and 25 officer involved shootings, attending and collecting evidence at over 100 autopsies.
Mr. Moore left the OC Crime Lab to enter private practice as an attorney and forensic scientist, practicing 3 years in Orange County and 6 months in Northern California. Mr. Moore now returns to the Orange County area and is affiliated with the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.
Congratulations to our Forensic Science Geek of the Week winner!
- Forensic Science Geek of the Week Challenge
1. What is shown in this photo?
2. What is the name of the technique?
3. What are the steps in the process?
Our Geek of the Week answered:
This is a number restorator. It is based on electrochemical etching. The surface to be restored must be polished to a mirror surface. The forearm is attached to the anode, and an acid is applied to the cathode. A current is passed through the firearm when the cathode touches the gun. The metal underneath the stamped numbers is more dense that the surrounding metal, which etches faster. An image of the number is developed. The amount of current can be moderated to control the rate of etching. I used to do this with a q-tip, clip leads, and a 9 volt battery. I took an ATF class that taught this along with normal etching and magnafluxing.
[BLOGGER’S NOTE: Great answer. Here is some more information on serial number restoration.]
The Hall of Fame for the www.TheTruthAboutForensicScience.com Forensic Science Geek of the Week:
Week 1: Chuck Ramsay, Esquire
Week 2: Rick McIndoe, PhD
Week 3: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 4: Stephen Daniels
Week 5: Stephen Daniels
Week 6: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire
Week 7: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 8: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 9: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 11: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 12: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 13: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 14: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 16: Christine Funk, Esquire
Week 17: Joshua Dale, Esquire
Week 18: Glen Neeley, Esquire
Week 19: Amanda Bynum, Esquire
Week 20: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 21: Glen Neeley, Esquire
Week 22: Stephen Daniels
Week 23: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.
Week 24: Bobby Spinks
Week 25: Jon Woolsey, Esquire
Week 26: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 27: Richard Middlebrook, Esquire
Week 28: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 29: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 30: C. Jeffrey Sifers, Esquire
Week 31: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 32: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 33: Andy Johnston
Week 34: Ralph R. Ristenbatt, III
Week 35: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 36: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 38: Pam King, Esquire
Week 39: Josh Lee, Esquire
Week 40: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.
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Week 42: Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire
Week 43: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 44: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 45: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 46: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 47: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 47: Ron Moore, Esquire
Week 48: Leslie M. Sammis, Esquire
Week 49: UNCLAIMED, IT COULD BE YOU!
Week 50: Jeffery Benson
Week 51: Mehul B. Anjaria
Week 52: UNCLAIMED, IT COULD BE YOU!
Week 53: Eric Ganci, Esquire
Week 55: Joshua Andor, Esquire
Week 56: Brian Manchester, Esquire
Week 57: Ron Moore, Esquire