VIDEO: Wilmington Library Hosts ‘American Sherlock’ Author Kate Winkler Dawson On The First Forensic Scientist In America

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library partnered with several area libraries recently to host a virtual presentation with author Kate Winkler Dawson about her new book, American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI.

American Sherlock is the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century. Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock captures the life of Edward Oscar Heinrich — the man who pioneered the forensic science that our legal system now relies upon. Known as the “American Sherlock Holmes,” he was one of America’s greatest — and first — forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich was an investigator who would go on to crack at least 2,000 cases in his 40-year career.

Kate Winkler Dawson is a seasoned documentary producer, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, ABC News Radio, PBS NewsHour, and Nightline. She is the author of Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City and teaches journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

Watch the presentation, courtesy of the Town of Tewksbury’s YouTube channel, below:

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