Mini Forensic Science Project – Henry C. Lee

Henry C. Lee

Henry C. Lee is famous for his fantastic work in the field of forensic science. He is well known for both crime scene investigation and reconstruction, helping and solving approximately 6000 cases the last 40 years. He has earned multiple degrees in forensic science and held high positions in the field and is a respected member of multiple professional bodies.


He has received around 900 awards for his outstanding work. Two of the awards he has received were the 1996 medal of Justice from the United States Justice Foundation and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement from the Science and Engineer Association.


Henry C. Lee has an institute named after him in New Haven [North America]. It is called the ‘The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science’. He comes to visit the institute regularly and has written over 30 books. Dr Lee also has a TV show called ‘Trace Evidence: The case files of Dr Henry Lee’. This show is about the cases Henry Lee has worked on over his life.


He has been an expert forensic witness in over 1000 criminal court cases. This is an important achievement because to be considered an expert by the court you need both academic qualifications, and to have done extensive research which has been validated by others. Throughout his life he has also designed training courses, for the Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] for an example.


Some areas in which Dr Lee and his team of forensic scientists have contributed to the area of crime is finding new ways to extract DNA, working with fingerprint evidence, and  estimation of how much blood was at a crime scene. He has extensive knowledge in DNA, Fingerprints, Trace evidence, Blood Splatter and Crime scene investigation and Reconstruction.


Some of the well-known cases he has worked on are ‘The Staircase Murder’, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the O.J. Simpson case, the Jon Benet Ramsey murder and the abduction of Elizabeth Smart just to name a few. Lots of cases he has worked on are well known and fairly gruesome.  An example is O.J Simpson, a famous American footballer, was accused of murdering his ex-wife was murdered and her new boyfriend. Dr. Lee was an expert witness for defence in blood splatter evidence and testified that according to the evidence, O.J Simpson was not the murderer. Another case was Elizabeth Smart, she was kidnapped in the middle of the night from her bed. Her sister Mary Katharine was beside her and was shocked to learn her sister had been taken from the room. She then notified her parents and later Elizabeth was found alive approximately 9 months later. Dr. Lee reviewed the evidence on this case to help police find out who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart.


Henry C. Lee is an extremely smart and intelligent man and has helped solve some of the world’s most difficult cases. He has been an important contributor to forensic science research and development, and even though he is now in his 70’s he continues to help teach and also work on investigations.




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