Agent Symon was a dynamic and fun speaker. His 20+ years of experience as a Federal Forensics investigator showed, and made his presentation, Forensics for Fiction, interesting and enjoyable. Agent Symon took us through a fictional Crime Scene Investigation that members made up on the fly. Apparently there was a murder case in a garage in Ethiopia. A crime of passion? We had to find out!
Agent Symon covered everything a writer could possibly want to know about Crime Scene Investigation. He started with the first responders who enter a crime scene, Firemen, EMTs, and Police Officers who protect the scene, and proceeded into the initial investigation led by the Lead Detective. The Detective owns that scene and works with the Sketcher and Photographer to create a pathway and document the scene.
Next he talked about searching and gathering evidence. He discussed different search patterns and types of evidence. He also taught us about cross contamination, chain of custody, and scientific techniques for gathering fingerprints and comparing fibers.
Here he is teaching us about different types of blood splatters and how they tell the Detective about the directionality of the injury.
And here he is explaining the "tells" that make a person's fingerprints unique.
The LIRW would like to thank Geoff Symon for his fantastic presentation. We hope he will visit us again! To learn more about Agent Symon, click here!
Until next time,