Science of Crime – Investigating Death
Forensic science is a complex discipline that encompasses more than a dozen distinct fields. Except for a few recent additions to the investigative tool kit such as DNA analysis and computer forensics, most fields trace their origins to the 19th century or before.
Presented by The Mob Museum, this program in the Science of Crime series explores the fascinating forensic work that happens in the coroner’s office.
Within most crime labs, scientists have highly specialized expertise. Unlike what is portrayed on television, it is rarely one individual who investigates the crime scene, processes the fingerprints, analyzes the DNA and examines the trace evidence. Instead, highly specialized experts focus on one field. This leads to more efficient and effective lab results.
Each month, The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory will present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis.
About this November’s Science of Crime program:
You have the opportunity to learn more about a fascinating line of work. The Coroner’s Office is responsible for conducting investigations of all deaths caused by any criminal means, violence or suicide, and any unattended deaths, whatever the cause. It also provides identification of the deceased, performs autopsies or medical examinations, locates next of kin, and carries out any other requirements regarding deaths that fall under its jurisdiction. The Mob Museum will have Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg outline the purpose and operation of his office.
Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.