Joanna Grivetti, Crime Scene Investigator in the Homicide Division of the Richmond, CA Police Department, inspects a vehicle where a young man was shot in the back of the head during a drive by shooting on March 9, 2012.

The Real CSI

April 17 and July 16, 2013 / 53m

Season 2012: Episode 10


From the courtroom to the living room (thanks to the hit television series CSI), forensic science is king. Expertise on fingerprints, ballistics and bite mark analysis are routinely called on to solve the most difficult criminal cases — and to put the guilty behind bars. But how reliable is the science behind forensics? A FRONTLINE investigation finds serious flaws in some of the best-known tools of forensic science and wide inconsistencies in how forensic evidence is presented in the courtroom.

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