Browsing All posts tagged under »Dexter«

Reducing Human Error in Fingerprint Analysis

June 8, 2012 by


The human fingerprint has been used by law enforcement for over a hundred years. Until the development of DNA as a forensic tool, the fingerprint was the single most important type of crime-scene evidence. As a unique identifier, the fingerprint captured not only our forensic attention, but our collective armchair detective imaginations. Puddn’head Wilson, after […]

Is Charles Manson Still Relevant?

April 17, 2012 by


After so many years, what relevance is there in the Charles Manson case? I can think of two ways in which his case continues to play a role in the criminal justice system. Manson reminds us that our criminal justice system must be designed to handle the very worst crimes that human beings can imagine. […]

CrimeDime March 2012 Roundup

March 31, 2012 by


We had a lot to say in March, covering everything from Dexter to Trayvon Martin.  In case you missed it, here’s what we wrote about this month. March started with How Others See Me, a whimsical look at the popular meme and what people think criminologists (might) do. This post has been far more popular […]

Dissecting Dexter’s Discourses: Exploring TV Crime as Artform and Argument

March 20, 2012 by


It is with great interest that I have read the posts by CrimeCents and crimineepery about the television program Dexter (2006-present). I always find it interesting to read about the ways that the medium provokes responses filled with a sense of emotion. CrimeCents rhetorically asks, “Why can’t I just willingly suspend my disbelief and enjoy the show like everyone else?” Russian […]

Delectably Discriminating Dexter

March 9, 2012 by


Dexter is one of my favorite television shows. Ever. Of all time. My mother first excitedly told me about the show, “A blood-splatter analyst who is a serial killer.” I thought this sounds like an awful premise for a TV show. Little did I know that Dexter would prove to be way more than just […]

Distressingly Delightful Dexter

March 7, 2012 by


I like Dexter. I like the books, I like the show. And I don’t like myself much after having indulged the momentary pleasure in the snappy writing of Dexter’s internal monologue, the soap-opera style plotting, or the world’s most brilliant show intro. The eggs, the orange, and the floss all send a frisson of guilt-ridden […]