Forensic Firsts

Behind every popular police procedural like CSI are true crimes and their real-life solutions.

Forensic Firsts

Behind every popular police procedural like CSI are true crimes and their real-life solutions. And as commonplace as crime scene jargon like blood splatter and toxicology reports are these days, they play a crucial role in constructing a story of events – who the victim was, how they lived their lives, where they were killed, how and by who.

If the forensics of today are cutting edge, the forensics of 100 years ago were nothing more the fledgling practices. This new and exclusive series traces the origins of six key forensic investigative techniques: DNA profiling; fingerprints; skeletal secrets; insect evidence; toxicology; and the science of the gunshot.

The series not only goes behind the techniques but also features innovators like Lenoarde Keeler, who designed the portable polygraph, and Calvin Goddard, father of modern ballistics, who solved the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and helped found America's first ballistics lab.