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MIPTV Picks: Crime Scene – Insects

Those of us who get creeped out by crawlers such as cockroaches, flies or (shudder) maggots are overlooking an important contribution bugs make to society: they can actually help solve crimes.
March 31, 2010


Those of us who get creeped out by crawlers such as cockroaches, flies or (shudder) maggots are overlooking an important contribution bugs make to society: they can actually help solve crimes. Recent advances in forensic entomology make it possible for insects found near or on corpses at crime scenes to reveal when victims died, whether a body has been moved, or whether a victim has taken drugs. This program tells us how bugs are used in the crime solving process with expert testimonials from such forensic experts as Dr. Mark Benecke, aka ‘The Lord of the Flies,’ who prefers bugs to humans when it comes to solving crimes. After all, flies can’t lie.
Partners: Crocodile Media (Manchester/Glasgow) for the Crime and Investigation Network, distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)

Length: 1 x 47 minutes

Aired: Feb. 2010

Rights: Worldwide except UK, Ireland

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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