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One-On-One With Criminalist Dr. Henry C. Lee

Forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee has been a well-known figure in Connecticut courtrooms for decades. His expertise led to high-profile work investigating famous crimes from the O.J. Simpson trial to investigating the murder of child beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey.

But in addition to his testimony on famous cases, Dr. Lee has been a staple of forensic science in Connecticut for the past 40 years--from serving as the state’s chief criminalist to helping found the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory.

This hour we sit down with Dr. Lee to hear about his life and how his investigative career began right here in Connecticut.

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Hartford Courant – Unraveling Crimes, Henry Lee Transformed Art Of Forensic Science (April 2014) – “Virtually a one-man operation with a microscope and some camera equipment to analyze black and white photographs, Lee set about to keep a promise he made to Gov. Ella Grasso the day she officially made him a state employee in 1979 — to build the best forensic laboratory in the country.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Famed criminalist Henry Lee recounts O.J. Simpson trial (June 2017) – “‘There were so many issues with the major crime scene in that case,’ said Mr. Lee, who holds a doctorate and who testified for five days as a defense expert for Simpson. ‘This case set the landmarks for crime scene and laboratory handling of evidence.’”

Hartford Courant: 'Incorrect' Testimony of Famous Forensic Scientist Henry Lee At Heart Of Supreme Court Hearing (October 2018) – “Nearly 30 years after Henning and Birch were sent to prison, the state Supreme Court will hear appeals of their convictions based partly on the argument that Lee’s testimony was false and that they deserve either to have their convictions overturned or new trials.”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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