The Washington Post: These bugs are the most gruesome clues in forensic science

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The first murder solved with the help of insects, per an account written in the year 1235, took place in China. A villager was found slashed to death. The judge summoned local farmers and told them to bring their sickles. As the farmers stood in the summer heat, insects swarmed around one man’s tool — drawn to traces of blood left on the blade. The man confessed. The telltale bugs, Hawaiian forensic entomologist M. Lee Goff wrote in his 2000 book, “A Fly for the Prosecution,” were “certainly blow flies.”

Seven centuries later, investigators still look to blow flies, maggots and other insects for evidence. Bodies are ripe “to be colonized by plants and animals,” Goff wrote, like volcanic islands freshly erupted from the sea. Some bugs can smell a decomposing body from miles away. They come to feed. Or they’ll lay eggs in the nose, eyes and throat. Based on who’s still eating…

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