Season 2 Case Study Of Motive Summary

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Case Study of Motive: Season 2, Episode 4
Kai Mizuno Motive, a crime show with a unique twist. At the beginning of every episode, the viewer is shown who the killer and victim are. The episode goes on to show detectives trying to solve the crime, while also showing scenes from the past to allow the viewer to decipher what the killer’s motive was. This unique twist of presenting crime also allows viewers to see different angles of how forensics play into solving crimes. Forensic tests performed in the show pave the way for the detectives to solve the case. Motive does a good job of portraying forensics in a similar fashion as to how forensics works in real life, with just a few inconsistencies here and there. A particular episode, titled “Deception”,
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One of the first tests performed was facial recognition on the video feed taken from the grocery store. According to Bonsor & Johnson (2001), with facial recognition computers can track landmarks of a human face on images and discern where the face is. It can then go on to try to compare those landmarks to pictures stored in whatever database that facial recognition software is connected to. In this case, detectives on Motive had the footage from the grocery store ran through their facial recognition software and connected it to a database storing car registration information. The test came back with a facial match to a Daniel Hitchens, a man who owned a black van similar to the one seen at the crime scene, and brother to Brad Hitchens, a man on trial for murder whom Dr. Mathews was supposed to testify against in court the day he was killed. This test gave detectives their first suspect in the case, and was a solid and credible lead. It was a standard test that one would expect to run in an investigation and was consistent with the real life version of facial …show more content…
The police did a thorough examination of the crime scene, with only a few kinks in protocol. Tests on evidence collected throughout the episode were logical and appropriate, however didn’t always yield credible results. The typical procedure and protocols someone would expect from a real investigation were bent in favor of the detectives at times, but for the most part were fairly accurate. Forensics is the backbone of the justice system, so it is important for people to understand just how it works. It is good that shows like Motive try their best to stay legitimate in their portrayal of forensics so that the public isn’t completely ignorant of how the practice

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