Did You Know A Homicide Can Be Solved in A Couple of Days? … NOT!


“Death & the Maiden” — Nick (George Eads, left) and Catherine (Marg Helgenberger, right) track two seemingly unrelated crimes that turn out to be connected by a twisted plot of revenge, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, Nov. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS. ©2009 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


“The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event.”


OMG! My favorite disclaimer known to mankind. If those who are not aware of this notorious line, this refers to Law and Order. Something of this sort is almost always shown on prime-time crime television series. It is meant to disclaim that the crime investigations are not connected to real-life events. Yet, most of the time they play off of a real case but merely exaggerated. Did you know that you CAN’T solve a homicide in three days. TV shows such as Law and Order and CSI, have many inaccuracies, not just dealing with fictional cases, but the fact that forensic science in these portrayed TV shows are completely stretched from the truth.

The past week in class we have been talking about science and media. I want to spread light on the statement that was made in class by Dr. Sastry, “You can’t pick and choose what you want to believe and what you don’t want to believe, cable TV allows individuals to disengage from serious news.” TV shows such as, Law and Orders and CSI stretch the truth into which it is no longer accurate, and shouldn’t be believed. Media sets the agenda of what should be discussed and what should be believed. Although, these shows are meant for entertainment,many believe that that forensic science in these shows are real.

“The creator of C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigators, Anthony E. Zuiker has said that the concept for his show relies on, “the notion that blood, hair, saliva, skin, et cetera are forensically designed to tell an investigator what has happened without having any witness to a crime.” This idea, despite its invocation of several real body parts, is highly misleading. DNA evidence is not foolproof, and getting a perfect sample that will lead investigators to the perpetrator is rare.”(Gold, 2014) Viewers are assuming that what they are watching is something that coupld potential happen and real life, and the odds of this being achieved is slim to none. Robert Shaler, Ph.D, professor of biochemisty, molecular biology, and director of forensic science program states, “The inaccuracies in these shows have to do with stretching the science beyond what normally occurs, or taking computer graphics and making science do something it can’t.”

These tv shows are extremely exaggerated and made for entertainment purposes only. You can’t solve a crime in 3 days based on DNA. That science just does not exist. \







3 thoughts on “Did You Know A Homicide Can Be Solved in A Couple of Days? … NOT!

  1. This article is really entertaining. I think the connection to a television show is great, because it’s honestly very scary how some people think these fictional television shows are factual. Sometimes we get so engrossed in a series that what we are shown is often believed as true. This even reminds me of how we tend to believe that celebrity television shows portray the real life of many celebrities. It’s painful to think that people really believe in this stuff.

    Andrew Ebding


  2. It always blows my mind that we live in a world where we all actually think that a crime, like murder, can be solved in only a matter of days. We don’t ever consider all of the test that must be done to get the accurate results.

    Great Job,
    Colleen Wilburn


  3. This is a very interesting article considering most of the public may fall into the trap of believing anything that he or she sees on television. I have never watched this show but I didn’t know that they displayed homicide as being solved in a day. Considering all of the steps that are involved in solving a murder, I don’t understand how one could believe that something like this could be solved so quickly. Information like this makes me much more aware of what I believe on t.v. Nice article.

    Traci Alig


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