From the time of the most celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes, movie andtelevision investigators use various examination methods asentertainment industry has never been afraid to sacrifice sanity for the sake of an amusing story.Almost every movie or TV show features crimes in some way;we as an audiencegot a vivid impressionabout how police operateand how the law works. Stage one – the detective process Do investigators really pin newspaper articles and pictures on a board when investigating an offense?Do real life officers work this way?The catch-all term for the detective boards on movies is “The Crazy Wall”. It is the place for all materials and clues that are somehow connected with the crime. It is almost impossible for almost any Hollywood movie not to have such board as it is anideal place for creating crime solving theories.The central board is usually made by either a criminalorinvestigatorand is all about contacts, lines and connections.The investigator is trying to extract vital information from ever-growing chaos of information, facts, numbers and dates, struggling with spider’s web made of ribbons and pins; recall Russell Crowein A Beautiful Mind and you will get the scene. Big detectives on screen are using big boards for tracing important eventsand characters, from hi-tech digital screens (CSI) toplain whiteboards (Happy Valley).
Stage two – do the real police really use them?
Well, the answer to that question is not so simple. It is a fact that most police movies are quite accurate nowadays as real procedures are pretty well-researched by producers.
The one main difference between a real life procedures and movies is that in realitydetectives tend to work on several cases at same time.For the most partcrime scene investigators and homicide detectivesare from two different departments; while in the movies we may see that detective and scene investigator is often the same person.Some real life detectives operate better with visual connections available while others work better withspreadsheets and long lists. Stage Three – Start the Movie
If you are “CSI” or “Bones” fan, then you probably have faith that forensic science is some kind of magic, but that is far from the truth.Some laboratory tests such as blood reports, toxicology and DNA samples can take months to process(The Phantom Menace, 2009), buthaving a bit of DNA doesn’t mean that you will surely identify a serial killer.
A detective process of solving crimes in movies often include undercover officers as we seen in Deep Cover (1992) or Rush (2013) when an undercover detective is meeting with a dealer who wants to purchase some drugs or weapons.Then the dealer asks the serious question: “Are you a cop?”and the entire operation goes to hell.
The detective process of solving crimes in movies often may look fun and attractive, but in many cases, it is still just a good entertainment. After all, it is a show business!
Crime movies often involve cases that seem impossible to solve, many of them are based on the true story many of which are gruesome. The main protagonists are usually detectives or private investigators hired by clients that are in desperate need for help. Well, these movies don’t always have a happy ending but when they do it is amazing how satisfying is to see the bad guy getting caught. Let’s review some detective techniques in movies where good triumphs over evil, bringing justice to those who have been evading it successfully so far.
Detectives in movies act the same as real police detectives, or private investigators would only with much more drama, increasing the tension in important scenes followed by appropriate music. In the movie detective looking for resource for buying a house and be secured in their life.
We all know that scene shown in many crime solving movies, in which a board is displayed with pinned pictures of suspects and criminals related to the case that the main protagonist is involved in.
Creating a scheme this way to understand how this imaginary criminal organization is linked, who has what role and who pulls all the strings. Are these techniques made up, do real police officers, detectives do this kind of stuff when they attend meetings?
This particular technique of linking perpetrators exist to this day and is being used in real life, by a real detective. Their work pays the rent and gathers the resource for buying a housethat they are planning to get for so long, so it’s in their interest to actually catch the bad guy and close the case instead of just eat donuts and drink coffee like in the movies. Others techniques that can be seen in movies like Serpico and Fargo should also be mentioned as they are proven to bring the bad guy behind bars. Hand prints. Crime based movies constantly showcase being solved solely by matching the fingerprints. This technique is something that Sherlock Holmes used in the old day only in a different form. Prints are everywhere, touching the glass of water usually provided to suspects by detectives in movies is a great trick that allows them to match the prints even if they don’t have any evidence to bring against the suspect.
Footprints can determine the weight, height even some other characteristics of the person that made them. In movie “Fargo” from 1996, there is a great example of how this technique is used in a more suitable environment for this particular technique.
After massacre on the road leaving one officer and a couple dead, the police arrives to examine the scene. Two police officers determined only by examining the depth of the footprints and the size of it, what is the approximate height and weight of the criminal. Further examination of the crime scene, brought the officer to the conclusion that the criminal actually had an accomplice helping him in this criminal activity. This movie is based on a true story, where great detective work brought justice, bringing the bad guy behind the bars.
Matching handwriting. When the suspect leaves a trace of identifying evidence of himself behind, the good guys sure don’t miss is. In movie “Sherlock Holmes”, this technique led the young Sherlock right at the doorstep of a criminal mastermind. By examining the handwriting of suspects detective can determine is the person is left handed or right handed but also what kind of person are they. If they are stable persons, they will usually have large letters in their writings, with elegant shape. You can find all about this and many other detective techniques in moves on On Scene Photos website. Showing all familiar techniques shown in crime movies that detectives use in order to bring justice.