The Week 98 Forensic Science Geek of the Week is Announced

The Forensic Science Geek of the Week

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Forensic Science Geek of the Week

The week 98 “ Forensic Science Geek of the Week” honors goes to: Kevin Feeney, Esquire

According to his website:

Kevin Feeney has been aggressively defending people charged with crimes since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA, in 1990. Mr. Feeney continued as a law clerk for President Judge Albert E. Acker of the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas in Mercer, PA. As a Senior Trial Attorney with the Berks County Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Feeney successfully defended jury trials of all major criminal charges including homicide, sexual assault, robbery and weapons offenses. He has successfully defended clients in Megan’s Law hearings and all manner of pre-trial motions, including suppression of evidence and habeas corpus. He has defended cases with DNA and electronic surveillance evidence. Mr. Feeney is qualified to handle death penalty cases under the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s high standards for defense counsel.

Congratulations to our Forensic Science Geek of the Week winner


1. What is pictured here?

2. What does it have to do with forensic science?

3. How has its alleged usefulness in forensic science been validated?

Our Geek of the Week answered:

These are larva I believe the two on the right are the carrion beetle larva and the blow fly larva.

These are used in forensic entomology, which tries to explain the time of death based on the growth of insects on dead corpses.

The issues are that this is not like TV where they can tell you he dies at 5:37 pm, I think these experts can only give a segment or period of time when the maggot growth started. I would also say other limits are bugs don’t always act the same way and you can have bugs lay eggs on the living too.

Sorry for the partial answer (if I am right and I am not sure). The carrion beetle larva looks familiar.

[BLOGGER’S NOTE: Honorable mention goes to past Forensic Science Geek of the Week Winner Jay Tiftickjian (with a really fine answer almost enough to trump our winner) who wrote: “These are bugs (duh!). Forensic entomologists examine insect succession to determine a victim’s time of death. When a body is examined, entomologists attempt to determine how long the corpse has been rotting and decomposing from what types of bugs and bug eggs are present. Generally, the first to arrive are bow flies, which are attracted to the sweet smell of a fresh corpse and can invade within minutes of death. Beetles follow, flies gather (including ordinary house flies), and then parasitic insects join the party to feed on the maggots and beetle larvae. Eventually, as the corpse dries, hide beetles and clothes moths make their appearance  to feast. One study that attempted to validate this theory was a blind valudation study by Forensic Science International in 2008, where three mock crime scenes at different temperatures were used to see how fast bow fly eggs arrived to measure post-mortemintervals. This study found that the time of death could be estimated within a day. There have been more studies. I recall this from the epic movie and novel, Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.]

The Hall of Fame for the 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 10: Kelly Case, Esquire and Michael Dye, Esquire

Week 11: Brian Manchester, Esquire

Week 12: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 13: Ron Moore, B.S., J.D.

Week 14: Josh D, Lee, Esquire

Week 15: Joshua Dale, Esquire and Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire

Week 16: Christine Funk, Esquire

Week 17: Joshua Dale, Esquire

Week 18: Glen Neeley, Esquire

Week 19: Amanda Bynum, Esquire

Week 20: Josh D. 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 37: Jeffrey Benson

Week 38: Pam King, Esquire

Week 39: Josh D. Lee, Esquire

Week 40: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.


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 48: Leslie M. Sammis, Esquire

Week 49: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 50: Jeffery Benson

Week 51: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 52: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 53: Eric Ganci, Esquire

Week 54: Charles Sifers, Esquire and Tim Huey, Esquire

Week 55: Joshua Andor, Esquire

Week 56: Brian Manchester, Esquire

Week 57: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 58: Eric Ganci, Esquire

Week 59: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 60: Brian Manchester, Esquire

Week 61: William Herringer, Esquire

Week 62: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.

Week 63: Ginger Moss

Week 64: Richard L. Holcomb, Esquire

Week 65: John L. Buckley, Esquire

Week 66: Jeff Sifers, Esquire

Week 67: Josh D. Lee, Esquire

Week 68: Dr. Barbara Vonderhaar, PhD.

Week 69: Christine Funk, Esquire

Week 70: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 71: Ron Moore, Esquire

Week 72: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 73: Josh D. Lee, Esquire

Week 74: Kim Keheley Frye, Esquire

Week 75: Mehul B. Anjaria and Peter Carini, Esquire

Week 76: Kim Keheley Frye, Esquire

Week 77: Mehul B. Anjaria

Week 78: Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire

Week 79: Kevin Feeney, Esquire

Week 8o: Justin Harris, Esquire


Week 82: Jay Tiftickjian, Esquire

Week 83: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.

Week 84: Steven W. Hernandez, Esquire

Week 85: Pat Arata, Esquire

Week 86: George Schiro

Week 87: Jay Tiftickjian, Esquire

Week 88: Rocky Babson, Esquire


Week 90: Joseph Rome, Esquire

Week 91: Chuck Ramsay, Esquire

Week 92: Laura Magnuson

Week 93: John L. Buckley, Esquire

Week 94: Unclaimed. It could be you!

Week 95: George Schiro

Week 96: Robert Lantz, Ph.D.

Week 97: Unclaimed. It could be you!

Week 98: Kevin Feeney, Esquire


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