Assessing The Crime Scene in 3D

02 Mar

Crime scene documentation is a critical step in criminal investigations. Knowing the spatial relationships between perpetrator, victim, and evidence items such as weapons, shoe prints, blood spatter, etc., as well as the physical layout of the scene, affords investigators a better look at who did what to whom. For many years, crime scene sketches, photos, and videos have proven useful in this regard.

Such techniques are discussed in detail in my book HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS

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But wouldn’t a 3D holograph of the scene offer an even better understanding? Wouldn’t it be useful to “show” jurors how the crime actually went down? Looks like that might now be possible.

The process begins with laser mapping of the scene:

CS Laser

As stated by Jeremy Bailenson of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University in California: ”Imagine you could transport the entire jury, the judge, the litigators – everybody – back to the crime scene during the crime.”

Yeah. Imagine that.


5 responses to “Assessing The Crime Scene in 3D

  1. C. C. Harrison

    March 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Amazing technology! I was able to see a previous generation of this technology in use in Cortez, Colorado some years ago. The crime scene techs used something similar, but it was not three dimensional. I then used it in the book I was working on at the time.


  2. Susan Shea

    March 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    You have the most interesting posts, Doug. This is a great approach to reconstructing a crime scene.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      March 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      It’s mostly stuff I find helpful or interesting and think others might also.


  3. Cheryl B. Dale

    March 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    This sounds like it would be extremely helpful. I know if I were one of the jurors, it would help me to ‘see’ the scene instead of being told about it.


  4. Suzanne Joshi

    March 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I think thats fabulous. These advances seem to be made continuously. It’s almost unbelievable, and sciece fiction is becoming reality.



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