The Tiny, Murderous World Of Frances Glessner Lee

How do you learn to solve a crime? Police detectives spend years learning on the job, sifting through evidence in real world crime scenes. But a new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. explores another approach — it’s called Murder Is Her Hobby, and it showcases the work of one woman who was both a master craftswoman, and a pioneer in the field of forensic crime scene investigation. Her teaching tool? Tiny replica crime scenes.

And at first glance, there’s something undeniably charming about the 19 dioramas on display. That is, of course, until you start to notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, or a blood spattered comforter. And there’s always a body — stabbed, drowned, shot — or something more mysterious.

The tiny cans of food in these model rooms, the newspapers printed with barely legible newsprint, the ashtrays

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How ‘Justice League’s Ending Sets Up Future DC Movies

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In Justice League, Vic Stone is still acclimating to his Cyborg life and power set, and has to learn on a very fast curve, in order to stop the world-ending threat of The Mother Boxes’ “Unity” fusion. At the end of the film, Vic has embraced his new existence, gradually mastering the alien tech that his now his body, while working with his father, Silas Stone, at S.T.A.R. labs. However, with the Mother Box technology still a wild unknown variable, Vic’s fear that he could be the next big alien threat may be on the horizon in the Cyborg solo movie. 

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Local high schools compete in crime scene investigation competition

However, on Friday morning, 150 local high school student spent hours competing in something you don’t see every day: crime scene investigations.

Friday marked the sixth year of the Northeast Tennessee Crime Scene Investigation Competition. This year, it was held at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.

In a matter of a few hours, students divide up and must demonstrate their proficiency in various elements of crime scene investigation and forensics such as blood-splatter analysis, crime-scene sketching and ballistics among many, many others.

Every separate aspect has a different scenario, such as a carjacking or a drug deal that went wrong.


The competition was started by Ryan Presnell, criminal justice teacher at Elizabethton High School and the school’s CSI team’s coach.

“Really, the purpose is to allow kids to put the skills to use and teach as close to a real-world environment as possible,” Presnell said. “A lot of the kids will

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DVD reviews: John Hughes classic reheated for its 30th Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of turkey, traveling and family. But it’s also a time when families come together to watch movies, which have long used the holiday season as the setting for characters to chow down on some food while trying not to strangle each other.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Rated R, 87 minutes.

Available today on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.

(4 out of 5 stars)

If you need a break from fighting over politics and who ate the last piece of pumpkin pie, top it all off with 30th anniversary release of the John Hughes classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

In the 1987 film, Steve Martin plays Neal Page, an always-working ad executive who is trying make it home for Thanksgiving. As simple as the task sounds, fate has different plans for Neal: His flight is canceled due to bad weather, so he must find another means of transportation. To make matters worse, he

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Edward Pratt: The costs of prison for the innocent

“I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40.”

It would be a good guess that Wilbert Jones made that comment after he walked out of prison this week after spending 45 years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola when his rape conviction was overturned.

Those words actually came from Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years in the state pen. He faced the death penalty for a 1983 killing. He was 64 when he was finally released from prison after a judge overturned his conviction.

Sadly, Ford died of cancer less than a year after getting out of prison.

“I just want to know why the prosecutors who hid the evidence sent me to prison for something I didn’t do, and nearly had me killed, are not in jail themselves. There are no ethics charges against them, no criminal charges, no one was

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Defense thinks evidence lost in slaying of Toyota plant supervisor

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Attorneys representing a north Alabama man accused of killing his stepfather say key evidence could have been lost by investigators.

But the judge handling the case found no legal issues with it and is moving forward to trial.

Clarence Fearn is charged in the murder of George Woodard, Jr. He appeared before Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer to address a number of motions filed in the case Friday morning.

Fearn was arrested in 2014, five years after the killing. He is the victim’s stepson.

Woodard was fatally shot several times in the driveway of his Madison County home on Debbie Blvd. at 5:30 a.m. on September 30, 2009.

Woodard was on the way to work at the Toyota plant when he was killed. He had been an assistant manager in machining for seven years at the time of his murder.


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Good News: Fairfield PD recognizes employees

The Fairfield Police Department honored workers at an employee recognition ceremony Oct. 26 at Willow Hall.

Chief Randy Fenn recognized several employees for their hard work and said goodbye to several officers who are retiring.

The new employees honored included dispatchers Anna Devine, Kathryn Pucci and Jack Finnegan; crime scene investigator Katie Rae; and Officers James Louis, Matthew Reyna, James Lewis, Dustin Kimball and Andrew Blalock.

Officer Seth Jamel was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, while Officers Scott Ledford and Jerriod Mack were awarded Livesaving Medals and Officer Steve Trojanowski received the Exceptional Performance Citation.

Several employees were promoted, including Code Enforcement Supervisor Dan Barbeau; Code Enforcement officers Jeff Conner and Darin Eltringham; Sgts. Frank Piro, John Divine and Derrick Fok; and Lt. Rebecca Belk.

The department said farewell to Sgt. Jeff Osgood, Officer Robert Wilkie and Code Enforcement Officer Helene Bondoc, who were set to retire.

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Police recruits learn crime scene investigation – Odessa American …

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Odessa Police Academy recruit Luis Villalpando dusts a car door for fingerprints at a mock crime scene Tuesday at the Odessa Police Department’s shooting range.

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Police recruits learn crime scene investigation

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Odessa Police Academy recruit Luis Villalpando dusts a car door for fingerprints at a mock crime scene Tuesday at the Odessa Police Department’s shooting range.

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