- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 30, 2001
Get an insider's view of the evolution of four critical crime-fighting techniques: ballistics, trace evidence, polygraph tests and criminal profiling.
Today's crime solvers have a veritable arsenal of tools and techniques at their disposal. And while a lot of attention has been paid to DNA evidence lately, it is no more revolutionary than some of the other forensic methods that are now taken for granted.
FORENSIC FIRSTS traces the origins of four critical weapons in the war against crime: ballistics, trace evidence, polygraph tests and criminal profiling. Stories of landmark crimes from the past help show how these techniques were developed and refined during cases like the ""Mad Bomber"" investigation in New York in the 1950s and ""The Praslin Affair,"" which ended in the brutal murder of the daughter of one of Napoleon's generals. And through dramatic re-enactments, we'll meet innovators like Calvin Goddard, the father of modern ballistics, and Leonard Keeler, the designer of the portable polygraph.
With analysis and insight from some of the top criminal investigators and true crime authors in the nation, FORENSIC FIRSTS is a compelling addition to the library of any crime buff.