William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Monday, 10, August, 2009

New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences Day 2

Filed under: Forensics,Uncategorized — williamthecoroner @ 22:56

Started off with unknowns.  We then discussed the CSI effect and how that show is making the practice of forensics difficult.  Some teachers are using the show as a teaching tool, having their students critique the problems that each episode highlights.  It is interesting that each episode has a higher budget than the Las Vegas Crime lab has in a YEAR.  We also reviewed excited delrium.  After lunch, we examined fire invesigation and got the answers to the unknowns.

Found a very good deli in the evening.

In the evening, we had drugs that can cause homicidal ideation, two cases of excited delerium, a case of granulomatous myocarditis, a thorough work up of an accidental death due to a long arm (one of the very few cases ever, and an exemplar of how such cases should be worked up) and a fatality due to a splitting wedge.

I was also glad to get a chance to talk to the author, Archer Mayor, who is attending this conference for a second time.



  1. I hope you’re having fun, but will be back soon.

    Comment by LisaK — Tuesday, 11, August, 2009 @ 10:39 | Reply

  2. Just what do you mean by, “…we had drugs that can cause homicidal ideation?”

    Inquiring minds want to know….

    Hope you’re having a good trip!

    H the IH

    Comment by H the IH — Tuesday, 11, August, 2009 @ 13:14 | Reply

  3. Sounds like a good time, and I don’t mean that sarcastically… Teaching is a joy when the students really want to learn!

    Comment by Old NFO — Tuesday, 11, August, 2009 @ 19:52 | Reply

  4. What exactly is a “long arm” and how does it cause an accidental death?

    Thank you,

    Comment by Sarah — Wednesday, 26, August, 2009 @ 14:56 | Reply

    • A long arm is a stocked firearm, either a rifle or shotgun, which is designed to be held with both hands and held against the shoulder. The antonym of a long arm is a pistol, which can be aimed and fired with one hand. The ways it can cause accidental death are not as many as you’d think, in this case the guy tried to use his rifle as a crutch to get off the ground and shot himself.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 26, August, 2009 @ 15:09

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