Katie Zejdlik, a biological anthropologist and collections and facility curator at a forensic body farm, tells us why researching dead bodies is important and why you might find a kebab skewer in the lab among the calipers and microscopes.
One of the most important jobs for investigators who find a fresh corpse at a crime scene is to narrow the window for time of death so detectives can better zero in on suspects. But ascertaining time of death is easier said than done.
Sgt James Hager of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office talks about the challenges of processing a crime scene under water and how procedures for handling violent crimes at sea differ from handling them on land.
We ask retired CSI detective Ken Martin about the legitimacy of TV cops digging bullets out of walls, tying red strings through a scene, and other forensic techniques to learn which are real and which are just for the camera.
In the second part of a three-part series on crime-scene investigating, retired CSI Ken Martin breaks down what happens once law-enforcement teams arrive and some of the challenges he's faced in gathering evidence.
In the first part of a three-part series, we asked Ken Martin, a veteran crime-scene investigator, to describe problems that arise when gathering evidence, and how to avoid having defense attorneys claim contamination.