Science, Forensic science, Crime scene

He is an internationally known and respected forensic scientist. He is famous for finding the tiniest clues to solve a case. Over the past 40 years, he has assisted in the investigation of more than 6,000 cases, including a murder case without a body. In recent years, he became well known throughout the entire nation by working on the mysterious disappearance of Elizabeth Smart, the murder of six-year-old beauty queen Jon Bennett Ramsey case, the O. J. Simpson case, and the William Kennedy case. He was named "Today's Holmes," "Most Incredible Witness," and the "King of the Crime Scene." 'He' is Dr. Henry Lee, whose skills as an investigator and interpreter of crime scene evidence have made him in demand around the globe. When a crime makes the national headlines, you are likely to see Dr. Lee being asked for an opinion on TV. I have heard a lot about him and longed to meet him for quite a while. And here he is, sitting right in front of me, graciously agreeing to take time out from his busy schedule for a brief interview to answer a few questions from me before heading off to the Springfield Chinese School to deliver a speech.

At first, I am a little nervous talking to such a well-respected celebrity and personal idol, but he quickly dispelled my nervousness by his friendliness and sense of humor. Lee, who heads Connecticut's forensic lab, holds a doctorate in biochemistry.

Cynthia Liu: What do you think is the hardest case you have ever taken on?  Dr. Lee: "Every reporter asks me that question. I think every case is difficult in the beginning. You have to be patient and observant in order to discover the evidence. Sometimes, even a spider web can be an essential clue in helping to solve a case.  The wood chipper case, which occurred in Connecticut, during the 80's, was one of the toughest cases. To disperse the evidence, the suspect used a wood chipper, ground the remains of his wife into pieces, and threw them into a nearby lake. The only evidence was...
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