Superfreaks/ACRA: The Ten Jobs of Michael King

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Thu Jan 10 00:47:32 PST 2008

It occurs to me that being a crime scene investigator is ALSO ten
jobs, namely 1) collecting weapons and bullets from a crime scene 2)
collecting fingerprints, shoeprints and footprints 3) collecting
biological trace 4) collecting non-biological trace 5) taking pictures
of the crime scene 6) collecting audio recordings, videos, computer
data, money and documents from the scene 7) taking detailed
measurements of where everything was found 8) collecting insects or
any animal that may have been in contact with the body and carried
evidence away 9) processing suspects for trace evidence, including for
example gunshot residue and 10) similarly processing the clothes they
were believed to have been wearing at the time.  CSIs are not called
upon to question witnesses: the lead detective does that.  (This is
assuming that the lead detective in the case doesn't suck at his job
in which case the CSIs can think of much better questions to ask and
do so.)  Similarly, it is the medical examiner who usually determines
cause and time of death, although the evidence at the scene can tell
the whole story, say for example if the body was found under a dropped
piano and the victim's wrist watch was broken. :)


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