Forensic Frenzy

Mike Danahey (2003) Forensic Frenzy. Red Streak (Chicago, IL).

Published on: 2/5/2003

With Bill Petersen and his crack crew of crime-solving scientists in Las Vegas and brooding David Caruso catching crooks in Miami, TV crime scene investigators are among the medium’s most watched drama show heroes.

From what Skip Palenik has seen of the lot, though, “they would have flunked my microchemical course.”

As examples, he noted a recent “CSI: Miami” episode in which an investigator put his gloved hands to his lips and another in which writing chalk was identified as calcium sulfate, when that actually is the material found in wallboard….

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