We are at the scene of the crime...what the heck do we do?
- DNA Analysis
- Serology (Blood Analysis and other bodily fluids)
- Fingerprint Analysis
- Ballistics (bullets and firearms)
- Impressions (shoeprints, tool marks, etc.)
- Trace Evidence Analysis
If your crime scene is both outdoor and indoors - you will always start the investigation outside as the weather (wind, temperature, sunlight and humidity) can affect the evidence. You start outside and methodically work your way inside. Outside, the evidence you will look for will be tire marks, tool marks, bullet casings, foot prints. Also, drag marks in the case of a large stolen item or missing person. While the pictures are being taken there will be sketch artist also sketching the scene.
After the pictures are taken and crime scene sketched, measurements are made as to the relation of items to one another. For example, the bullet went through the door at exactly a height of 1.5 m and the door was opened at a 30 degree angle when the bullet penetrated.
Evidence is collected in a grid like fashion as to not miss any possible section of the scene and maps of the crime scene with detailed measurements are created.
Back at the lab, all of the evidence will be analyzed and compiled into one file for the lead investigator and her team to filter through. Then, like a puzzle, the pieces are put together with hopefully no missing big pieces in the middle!
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Virtual Lab Tour
Check out a virtual tour of the CSI lab
Crime Scene Evidence
Forensic experts use science when examining a crime scene and examining evidence. Crime Scene Science : THURS JULY 3 9P et/pt : http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/index.html
Physical Evidence (1960's)
DRAMATIZED TRAINING FILM: How to gather physical evidence at scene of crime. Opening scenes show a couple asleep in bed when an apparent thiefbreaks in and makes a noise. Husband, Bob goes to investigate and is hit from behind. He falls to floor and is helped by his wife, Louise. They discover items left behind by thief. When police arrive at scene, they immediately post guard at door to protect crime scene until detectives arrive to gather physical evidence at crime scene which they identify, photograph, collect, box, label to send to FBI crime lab. - National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 12084 / Local Identifier 65.10 - PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, ca. 1960 - ca. 1969 - Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - ).
Crime Scene Investigation Overview Course - UniversalClass
Curious about the processes of investigating a crime scene? Check out this online course offered by UniversalClass.
Forensic Science - UCLan
This unique course will focus on the analytical knowledge and skills required by students aiming for a career within the police - civilian or military- and the many domestic and international investigative agencies. There are three core elements. Firstly, Criminal Investigation in which you will learn about sources of law, domestic and international criminal law, legal powers, and investigative and interviewing techniques. Secondly, Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation, which is primarily concerned with finding, recovering and analysing scientific evidence. Finally, you will study either Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Anthropology or Forensic Computing depending on your own interests and aspirations.
CSI: The Experience -- Lab 1: Beginning the Investigation
Do you have what it takes to crack the case? Inspired by the hit CBS television series, CSI: The Experience is a new traveling exhibit that lets you analyze forensic evidence and test your investigative skills. The groundbreaking forensic science exhibit highlights the process of scientific inquiry and real investigation techniques used to solve crimes. From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology -- sciences vital to unraveling the mysteries of crime scene investigation -- you're immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multi-media environment with dazzling special effects. Cast members from the series, along with their real-life counterparts, lead you throughout the experience. After collecting evidence in one of three crime scenes, you're ready to analyze and strategize in the lab. Lab 1 provides plenty of on-the-job training in comparing latent fingerprints, examining digital evidence; testing firearm ballistics, analyzing blood spatter. Let the cast of CSI and real-world experts improve your grasp of forensic technology and remember what your supervisor, Gil Grissom, said: Always go where the evidence leads. CSI: The Experience is currently traveling to science museums across the country. It was developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with support from CBS Consumer Products, the cast and crew of the television show, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. Its current location and more information, including an interactive Web activity, can be found at www.CSITheExperience.org
Forensic Science degree and Crime Scene Investigation: Forensic Imaging
Vicky, a final-year Forensic Science student at the University of Glamorgan uses Glamorgan's unique Crime Scene House facility to introduces us to forensic imaging, the process of documenting a scene of crime. You can find out more about our BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree at http://courses.glam.ac.uk/courses/73-bsc-hons-forensic-science.
Forensic Animation | Forensic Computer Animation | Animation Studio 212-789-9077
Forensic animation - http://www.tmba.tv/trial-graphics/forensic-animation/ TMBA creates forensic animation and forensic computer animation for homicide investigations and crime scenes. Call (212) 789-9077 for more info. Forensic animation is a category of 3D animation that is used for re-creating crime scenes, criminal events, accidents or disasters that have caused death. There is a wide range of uses for forensic computer animation, as forensic scientists work with investigators to gather all the relevant facts of a case and build a provable explanation of what happened and who might be at fault. There are many forensic events that can be useful to re-create in 3D, such as automobile or vehicular accidents, building, bridge or crane collapse, deadly assaults with weapons or the failure of a mechanical device that has caused a crash, explosion or fire. To begin a forensic animation, facts must be compiled from as many sources as possible both investigative and scientific. Eyewitness accounts, photographs of the scene, statements from emergency responders and police detectives must be combined with reports from experts in relevant fields, such as weapons experts, engineers, scientists, forensic experts, etc. By combining all of the information from these sources it is possible to do a crime scene recreation or accident scene reconstruction. Animators take these documents and use them to build accurate photorealistic 3D models of all the necessary objects in a scene. Then the items are placed accurately within a 3D environment. Once the proper textures, surfaces and colors are added, decisions must be made regarding lighting and camera placement. In many cases, facts that have been turned into a realistic and accurate 3D forensic animation can help determine culpability. The advantage of building a 3D forensic animation of scenes and objects is that the camera can then move around the scene freely to show relevant information. This can be very helpful as demonstrative evidence in the courtroom as it can help jurors to more clearly understand the facts of the case. To learn more about forensic animation and to see some examples of forensic animations visit our website: http://www.tmba.tv or to see the video go here: http://www.tmba.tv/trial-graphics/forensic-animation/ TMBA, Inc. - Animation Studio 330 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 (212) 789-9077