Jennifer Mackay - Forensic Art
Lucent Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1420500694 | Pages: 104 | PDF
“The popularity of crime scene and investigative crime
shows on television has come as a surprise to many who
work in the field. The main surprise is the concept that crime
scene analysts are the true crime solvers, when in truth, it takes
dozens of people, doing many different jobs, to solve a crime.
Often, the crime scene analyst’s contribution is a small one.
One Minnesota forensic scientist says that the public “has gotten
the wrong idea. Because I work in a lab similar to the
ones on CSI, people seem to think I’m solving crimes left and
right—just me and my microscope. They don’t believe me
when I tell them that it’s just the investigators that are solving
crimes, not me.”
Crime scene analysts do have an important role to play,
however. Science has rapidly added a whole new dimension
to gathering and assessing evidence. Modern crime labs can
match a hair of a murder suspect to one found on a murder
victim, for example, or recover a latent fingerprint from a
threatening letter, or use a powerful microscope to match tool
marks made during the wiring of an explosive device to a tool
in a suspect’s possession.