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CSI Fan Helps Solve Crime

Young woman was found dead in a park in Seville, Spain. Police thought she died of a drug overdose and released the crime scene. That’s when Carmen Moreno stepped in. She had worked cleaning up the park for many years, and was charged with disposing of a pile of bloody tissues left behind. But Moreno thought there was too much blood to be explained by a drug overdose. And she was a fan of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Following what she saw on TV, she demonstrated how she used plastic bags to carefully collect the evidence without contaminating it and stored it -- just in case police ever needed it.

When an autopsy later proved the woman likely died from being violently raped, police couldn't believe they tossed vital evidence and were more stunned to learn Moreno held on to it.   

Thanks to Moreno’s evidence, a local suspect has been arrested. The Seville police are presumably chastened. Read more about the case at CBS This Morning (contains autoplay video).  -via Uproxx 


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A lot of people, including those in the justice system, accept the CSI effect as matter of fact, but several attempts to actually study it have found little to no actual effect. There are some studies showing correlations between crime show viewership and understanding/fallacies associated with DNA evidence, but no actual correlation with conviction vs aquittals. There are some arguments now that viewership could increase convictions instead of the assumed acquittals. Furthermore, some researchers are concerned that now lawyers have admitted to changing tactics to combat the CSI effect, that the lawyers may end up being the ones creating a significant effect by tryibg to counter a nonexistent or insignificant effect.
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There is something called 'the CSI Effect' that is altering the crime-versus-police world. The bad guys are learning to pick up their fired cases and wear plastic gloves to cut down fingerprint analysis. And on the other side, juries are expecting more and better evidence, looking for the special-effects miracles they've seen on TV.
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