Real Crime Scenes: The Evidence Speaks

Uncover the secrets of forensic science in this absolutely fascinating program that teaches you how science is used to solve criminal mysteries.
Real Crime Scenes: The Evidence Speaks is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 87.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wake Me When It's Over This presentation is typical of many courses shown by “The Great Courses.” When I watch and listen to a Great Course, I want it to keep my interest, educate me, and perhaps entertain me, however that does not happen enough here. Professor Murray obviously knows her subject and is an excellent speaker and presenter. The problem is that the presentation is academic and focuses on explaining categories and bullet points. This leads to non-interest, boredom, and sleep. Where are the stories and anecdotes? Some are there, but they are often presented in a reading manner; unfortunately, this happens often in a Great Course. Perhaps I'm overly critical because there were some good lectures such as fingerprints, blood evidence, DNA, police sketches, autopsies. However, there were just too many lectures that consisted of breaking the presentation into categories and discussing bullet points. This is too much like a college course. Also, the course could have been covered in half the time - too many words and details that led to my napping. I can't recommend the course, but I can recommend the Guidebook. Read this and you will get the same education.
Date published: 2021-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Teaser, but No Follow-up Since this lecture was made at least 9 years ago, I'm supposing a decision was made not to continue it. What a disappointment! Better to just remove this "carrot" lecture and start over with another course on forensics that you intend to complete.
Date published: 2021-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect review course Having a Master of Science degree in the field of criminal justice I found this course exceptional in its content for review of the forensics involved in case building. Like all courses at the college level one needs the application period to complete the course. Combine this course with an adventure at your local police department and watch how quickly you'll decide to go for a future in the fields offered in forensics.
Date published: 2021-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only one lecture I really liked the lecturer, as she was engaging and funny and brought great expertise to the material. But there is only one lecture! I was so looking forward to the rest of the lectures and there are none to watch.
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first lecture but where are the rest? I really enjoyed the intro and the first lecture. The professor is a good speaker and story-teller and the topic is fascinating. Who should I contact to request that the rest of the lessons of this course be made available?
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Speaker Ms. Murray’s lectures are well given. She explains thing to where you understand. I find myself putting off house work because I want to keep going on to the next lecture. She adds a little humor every now and then. She’s definitely not boring! And I love her clothes.
Date published: 2021-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Course has disappeared? Terrific 1st lecture, unfortunately the rest have been taken off for some reason. What a shame.
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating topic with great instructor-get it! I heartily recommend this course for anyone interested in the science and procedures of forensic analysis. For anyone writing novels where crime scenes are part of the plot, this course is superb for learning how things are actually done in the field and in the lab. The instructor combines knowledge of the field with a presentation style that I thoroughly enjoy. I watch Great Courses DVDs when I work in the kitchen, and this one actually makes me look forward to doing the dishes. I will watch many of the lectures more than once.
Date published: 2020-11-13
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Overview

The desire to identify lawbreakers and bring them to justice is so great that it has inspired countless stories, novels, plays, movies, and television series. But how accurate are the fictional portrayals of crime investigations? What happens behind the scenes when forensic scientists crack a case? Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works takes you from the crime scene to the lab to the courtroom in 36 riveting half-hour lectures by forensic anthropologist and Professor Elizabeth A. Murray that reveal how forensic science really works.

About

Elizabeth A. Murray
Elizabeth A. Murray

With nearly 30 years in the field, I guess I was 'forensic' before it was cool! I find forensic science to be a fascinating subject that incorporates law, ethics, psychology, history, and technology, as it aids our global community.

INSTITUTION

Mount St. Joseph University

Dr. Elizabeth A. Murray is a forensic anthropologist and also Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University, where she teaches doctoral-level human gross anatomy and undergraduate-level anatomy and physiology, as well as forensic science. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Mount St. Joseph University and her master's degree in anthropology and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Biology from the University of Cincinnati. Most of Professor Murray's forensic casework has been in Ohio and Kentucky, where she has participated in hundreds of investigations. She is one of fewer than 100 anthropologists certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Professor Murray has been honored with the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, and she twice earned the Clifford Excellence in Teaching Award. She has served as an instructor for numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners. Her television appearances include National Geographic's Buried Secrets, Discovery Health's Skeleton Stories, The New Detectives, and Forensic Files. Her book Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters was named one of the top ten summer titles for students by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her 2012 book, Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, was recently selected as one of the outstanding books of 2012 by the prestigious National Science Teacher's Association.

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Real Crime Scenes: The Evidence Speaks

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Uncover the secrets of forensic science in this absolutely fascinating program that teaches you how science is used to solve criminal mysteries.

32 min