Upcoming Historical Forensics Class

24 Feb

Want to know where it all started? Learn how fingerprinting, toxicology, blood analysis, firearm examinations, and autopsies developed and were used in criminal investigations a hundred years ago? Sign up for my Coffin Class for the Romance Writers of America’s Kiss of Death Chapter. It begins March 1st. Here are their descriptive materials and sign up instructions.

Title: Historical Forensics

Instructor: D.P. Lyle, MD

Class Description: Today we’re all familiar with the marvels of CSI, whether from reading mysteries or true crime or watching television programs and movies. But all these ways to pin the crime — and the criminal — down had to start somewhere! So where and when did it all begin? And what sorts of things were early forensic investigators able to do?

This class will cover the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an era that gave birth to so many forensic techniques: fingerprints, blood typing, firearm’s examinations, toxicology, and the expansion of the autopsy into the forensic arena. This will give the writer of historical fiction the accurate information needed and will give all crime writers a firm foundation for understanding the world of modern forensics.

Dr. Doug Lyle, M.D. will lay the historic groundwork in March 2011’s Murder One workshop, HISTORICAL FORENSICS.

To sign up go HERE


Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Forensic History, Writing


7 responses to “Upcoming Historical Forensics Class

  1. Ashley

    February 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

    These classes sound really great, but I don’t see anything on the website about how much they cost, or whether it’s a real-time class or something you can log into any time and see. It would be great if there was more information available–the topics sound wonderful.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      February 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

      It’s an online, real-time class. Lessons will be posted twice per week and discussion will be ongoing during the entire month. Once you sign up you will be enrolled in the group and have access to the postings and discussions via a Yahoo group that you will be invited to join via E mail.


      • Kristine Smith

        February 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        What is the cost? I can’t find that info anywhere.


  2. Kristine Smith

    February 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I found the cost by clicking through to the PayPal Link. It’s $30 for non-members.


  3. Ashley

    February 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    And the cost? Still don’t know how much it is.

    If the class is realtime, then it would also be good to know the hours that it’s offered–I have a day job and would hate to sign up for it and not be able to “attend”! (I have taken a degree course via distance learning, and learned the hard way about this sort of thing!)


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      February 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      The cost is $30 for non-members. By real time I mean that it is going on throughout the month. The lessons will be posted on the day listed for each lesson. You can read them and submit comments and questions anytime 24/7 throughout March and I’ll answer as soon as I can. You do not have to be “present” at any particular time so it should fit your schedule. Does that help?


  4. Ashley

    February 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Helps tremendously, thank you. This is exactly what I needed to know.



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