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Newport Marriott

25 America's Cup Ave

Newport, Rhode Island 02840

November 1st - November 5th, 2021

Meeting Information

Tuesday, November 2nd

 Workshops to Date


Full Day

Member $60, Non-Member $100, Student $40, Student Non-Member $60

Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA - In Person and Virtual Options Available

Facial Reconstruction

ABC Examination Preparation (Attendees will need to have a laptop/tablet.) - In Person and Virtual Options Available

Half Day

Member $30, Non-Member $50, Student $20, Student Non-Member $30

Publication 101 (Delivered virtually, a room will still be booked for attendees. Attendees will need to have a laptop/tablet.) - In Person and Virtual Options Available

Forensic Chemistry & Toxicology Fundamentals of using MassHunter Unknowns Analysis

*If you are registering for one of the virtual workshops, you do not need to register for the meeting. You should only register and pay for the workshop.

Welcome & Poster Session

Tuesday Evening, November 2nd

Downtown Newport Ghost Tour


Join us for a walking history and ghost tour of downtown Newport!

There are 25 spots available, - first come, first serve. If interested, email

Tuesday evening - 11/2/21 - 7:30 - 9:00pm

Meet at the Skiff Bar by 7:15pm - $20/pp

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Wednesday, November 3rd

Scientific Sessions


Crime Scene Investigation & Criminalistics

Forensic Biology & DNA Analysis

Drug Chemistry


Trace/Arson & Explosives

Evening Session

Book Signing to Follow

Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 4th Edition

by James Alan Fox (Author), Jack Levin  (Author), Emma E. Fridel (Author)


Books available to purchase at approximately $60 (price subject to change) 

Thursday, November 3rd

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session I

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The roles that advocacy and compassion play in establishing innocence


Radha Natarajan

Executive Director

New England Innocence Project


Sarah Chu

Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy

Innocence Project

John Lentini

Fire Scene Cause and Origin Expert Islamorada , Florida


Elaine Murphy

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Ellis was convicted in 1995, at his third trial, for the murder and robbery of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 26, 1993. The murder was a brutal assassination, with five shots lobbed in the detective's face as he slept in his SUV outside the Roslindale Walgreens while working a security detail. Sean was 19 at the time.

Days after the crime, Sean spoke voluntarily to detectives, without a lawyer present, telling them he'd shopped at the Walgreens mall around 3 a.m. that day for diapers for his cousin's baby, driven there by his friend, Terry Patterson, then 18. Police found the diaper receipt that confirmed the errand in Ellis's apartment. His attorney, Rosemary Scapicchio, asks, “Would you place yourself at a murder scene if you were guilty?” 

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Plenary Session II

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: How the attorney/scientist dialogue and strong forensics build effective prosecutions 

The Cases of Kelly Hancock and Amy Lord

When Two Young Women Meet Two Evil Monsters


Kelly Hancock

Amy Lord


William Powers

Adrienne Lynch

Hancock Case


John Pappas

Kathryne Hall

Paul McLaughlin

Lord Case

Tropical Flower

President’s Reception

Angela Vialotti (President) and Adam Hall (President-Elect)

cordially invite you to attend

the 47th Annual NEAFS President’s Reception

6:30-10:30 pm

Sponsored by Shimadzu Corporation

New England Nautical/Island Themed Dinner, & Drinks

Music provided by South Coast Entertainment

Come dressed for the occasion!!!

James Alan Fox

Friday, November 4th

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“George W. Chin Cup” Competition! 

Undergraduate and Graduate Teams of four students (three and an alternate) will compete against each other for the "Chin Cup" in a GE College Bowl format to test Forensic Science knowledge.

If your school is interested in entering a team into the competition,

please email Anisha Paul at PAUL.ANISHA12@GMAIL.COM.

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Educators' Forum

We all experimented with new practices and learned valuable lessons last year. 

What was successful for you? 

What didn’t work? 

What practices will you continue to use? 

Let’s gather and share lessons learned from our experiences of teaching during COVID. 

If there’s something specific you’d like to address, please send thought and comments to


James Alan Fox

Evening Sessions Speakers

Wednesday, November 3rd

Drs. James Fox and Jack Levin 

Extreme Killing and Mass Murder

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University.

Jack Levin is a professor emeritus at Northeastern University and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. Previously, he was the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology.

Jack Levin


2021 Annual Meeting Registration

Online registration is now closed. 


You can still register on-site. On-site registration is subject to an additional fee - see pricing below.  Please note that if you register on-site, you will not receive a meeting booklet and registration is only payable with credit card, cash or money order.  No checks will be accepted.

On site registration:

Member: $275

Non-Member: $325

Student Members: $200

Student Non-Members: $250

Daily Member: $125

Daily Non-Member: $150

Student Daily Member: $100

Student Daily Non-Member: $125


2021 Annual Meeting Call For Papers and Posters

Submissions for oral presentations and posters is now closed.

Thank you for everyone you answered the call.


For questions, additional information or to volunteer for our 2021 meeting please contact the 2021 Program Chair Adam Hall at:

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