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September 27, 2018

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, x6152

True Crime & CSI History @ Your Library


Largo, MD – Once unsolvable crime cases have been closed! Great advances in police science allow detectives to crack complex cases. Drawing on notorious crimes and real mysteries from yesteryear, local historian Mike Dixon discusses the evolution of police practices at these library events:

  • Spauldings Branch |October 13, 11 am
  • Oxon Hill Branch | October 13, 1 pm
  • Accokeek Branch |October 13, 3 pm
  • Laurel Branch | October 16, 5:30 pm
  • Bowie Branch | October 16, 7:30 pm

Programs such as Law and Order and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) have acquainted most people with the modern techniques for solving crimes. But for most of our past, sleuths did as much as they could to investigate crimes, but they lacked the most basic of tools. The sheriff, part-time constable, justice of the peace and coroner had to rely on obvious physical evidence and witnesses. Dixon’s presentation shows how science, technology, and professional police practices helped detectives catch and convict criminals and close once unsolvable cases. These programs are a part of the Maryland Humanities’ statewide One Maryland One Book 2018 initiative. This year’s community read is: Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by Tim Junkin.

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