New Murder Cam Can Map a Crime Scene in 10 Minutes

31 May

One of the most important tasks investigators must perform at a crime scene is documenting it in an accurate manner. Sketches, notes, voice recordings, photos, and videos have each been employed in this endeavor. Though this is painstaking and time-consuming work, accurate documentation of the scene is critical on many levels. Crime scene documentation helps investigators see and understand the elements of the crime, aids in crime scene reconstruction, and helps support or refute suspect and witness statements, not to mention offers prosecutors useful facts and images to use in the courtroom.

Now it appears that a new “Murder Cam” can scan and create a 360-degree, 3D image of the scene. And do it in only 10 minutes. This could prove to be a very useful new tool.


Cambridge News Article



7 responses to “New Murder Cam Can Map a Crime Scene in 10 Minutes

  1. bellwriter

    May 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Holey Moley. What a great resource for Law enforcement.


  2. Barb Moermond

    May 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Is this a tech upgrade from the existing 3D scanners? I’ve seen them used in archaeology and historical re-creations as well as homicide investigations. I think they are a marvelous tool!


  3. auntiemwrites

    May 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Do you know if this is in use in the UK? Really neat idea~


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      May 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      This article was from the UK so they must be. It’s a pretty cool tool though.


  4. Barb Moermond

    May 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    here is a link to a show where I’ve seen it used:

    There was also a show on a specific battle in the 19c in France I think [can’t remember the name], and they used the 3D scanner to map the actual site and then made adjustments [tree growth etc] in the computer to see what the battle must have really been like for the participants and how the winners were able to win.


  5. Pat Marinell

    June 1, 2012 at 4:41 am

    This is so cool! I want one. I wonder if Hubby will pose as my dead body so I can film a 3D scene? I have to go ask him right now.

    Oh wait, he’s still sleeping. Maybe I should wait until he awakens…a better shot at him saying yes. lol


  6. G.M. Malliet

    June 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Cold cases would really have gained from this technology, as with DNA testing. Glad it’s available now.



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