The laboratory team sought to identify the victim, the date and time of the crime, and the cause of the injuries or death. They tested for poisons, residues, stains or biological substances (nails, hair, etc.). They studied hand-written and typed documents to identify the author. Lastly, ballistics analyses, fingerprint analyses and tool mark analyses were most common.

Very early on, the laboratory’s founders were aware of the need to share their knowledge and prepare the next generation of forensic scientists. Thus, during the first few years they created a museum to showcase anatomical models, instruments and various items associated with criminal cases that were making headlines. The museum also served as a classroom.

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