how real are shows like CSI?

@winterose (39931)
Canada
March 26, 2008 4:49pm CST
CSI is a wonder crime show, but they solve crimes much faster than what happens in real life, they solved a crime in an hour, yet in real life it takes months and sometimes years to solve a crime, have you ever wondered about that? what are other things that happen in shows like that that just to realistic, do you think it is wise to show how someone committed a crime, do you think that criminals would copycat it?
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
26 Mar 08
We also have to remember that the show is only on for an hour. Well not an hour so we will say 45 minutes. What they show on tv is just a general idea and doesn't really show the full time frame. Some people are more dedicated to their jobs than others. Sometimes the facts and evidence are there where others isn't. Another thing they make the job look so clean but it's not. I read an article in a magazine that profiled a true CSI detective. She said they make the show look too easy and it is a very dirty job. She said take "finger print powder" it is a very dirty job and it gets everywhere. I will try and search for the article. I can't promise I will get it though. But it sure was worth reading it. I'm sure the crimes they protray on tv someone has done them in real life. How else would they come up with the show ideas. They would be off air within a year of air date. And some have been around for 8 seasons and more. I'm also sure that someone would copycat it as well. They are learning from mistakes or even coming up with things and it shows what the CSI's need to find stuff out.
• United States
28 Mar 08
They do use some real cases and that article is right about fingerprint powder. Not only is it a mess it is also very hard to pull a perfect print off even if there actually is a perfect print left. Though fun the show is not very accurate.
28 Mar 08
I think that although CSI is a brilliant crime show, it doesnt show you the whole job as a CSI inestigator. They do have an hour to solve the crime apart from when they make the episodes join together for instance the miniuture killer that took bout 5 episodes. I mean if they were't able to solve all the crimes it would make the show abit dull as the whole point of the show is catching the criminals! They can only make the episodes stretch with the same sort of story line for so long! I mean whatever they miss atleast Cold Case will be able to solve the crimes and if they cant, then well done to the killers!! As for criminals copying stuff of CSI, there has been reports of people doing it but they have always been caught so therefore just goes to show that its not wise to copy of CSI!!
@mememama (3077)
• United States
26 Mar 08
It drives me nuts how the investigators interogate (spelling?) the suspects-that doesn't happen in real life! I've heard that some juries have a hard time accepting evidence in trials because they think they are experts after watching shows like CSI. I'm not sure if criminals would copycat crimes that they potray, that would be pretty stupid!
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@babykeka80 (2004)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Shows like CSI are very accurate in the technique. It is the timing and the abilities of the labs that are inadequate. Trust me I am studying both forensics and criminal justice. The real problem these shows have brought up have not been criminals trying to copy cat, since they always get caught on the shows it is a problem with jurors. Jurors who are fans of the show do not understand that there is not always a perfect print or DNA evidence and are not willing to give a guilty verdict. This has been causing many problems in trials that very guilty people are getting off or lesser punishments because people are too dumb to understand that it isnt as easy or pretty as seen on television.
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