European Intelligence
and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) 2012
August 22-24, 2012
Odense, Denmark

The Premier European Conference on Counterterrorism and Criminology

EISIC 2012 Keynote Speech

Dr.  Henry C. Lee

"The Utilization of Forensic Evidence in IED Incidents"

Dr. Henry C. Lee
Distinguished Professor, University of New Haven
Chief Emeritus, State Police Forensic Laboratory
Director, Research & Training Center



Recognition of Forensic evidence and laboratory analysis of physical evidence can be helpful in investigation of IED incidents. Not all types of physical evidence will be directly linked to or can identify a suspect. In fact, most common use of physical evidence found at IED incident scenes is to identify the substance or chemical present in the question sample. However, physical evidence could provide indirect investigative information or leads to identify the suspect and the solution of the crime. This is the most important and significant use of physical evidence collected from IED incident scenes. Not every crime scene will have an eyewitness, but the scene will hold forensic evidence that can provide help to the investigating officers. For example,, a seven-layer paint chip from the pipe bomb can be used to narrow down the number and kinds of location it came from. The size of a shoeprint found at the scene can help the investigator to eliminate or include a suspect; the DNA profiles from the debris can lead to a potential suspect; the locations of the blood spatters and the fingerprint impressions could yield information about a possible sequence of events at the scene, and the condition of the pattern evidence could also help identify the activity of the scene.

Following are the objectives of utilization of forensic evidence found at a crime scene in any investigations;

  1. Information on the corpus delicti
  2. Information on the modus operandi
  3. Linkage of persons to other persons, objects, or scenes
  4. Linkage of evidence to persons, objects or locations
  5. Determining or eliminating the events and actions that occurred
  6. Disproving or supporting witness statements or testimony
  7. Identification or Elimination of a suspect
  8. Identification of unknown substance
  9. Reconstruction of a crime
  10. Providing investigative leads

Case examples will be use to illustrate the applications of forensic evidence in criminal cases.

Short biography of Dr. Henry C. Lee

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day forensic sciences. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies form 46 countries in helping to solve more than 8000 cases. In recent years, his travels have taken him to England, Bosnia, China, Korea, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Croatia, Brunei, Thailand, Middle East and other locations around the world.

Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Peterson, and Kennedy Smith trials, and in convictions of the “Wood chipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes, such as the murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado, the 1993 suicide of Whit House Counsel Vincent Foster, Kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, Death of Chemdra Levy, the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination and the Casey Anthony case.

Dr. Lee is currently the director of Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Science of University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for Connecticut State Police during 2000 to 2010 and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut during 1998 to 2000 and has served as that state’s Chief Criminalist and Director of State Police Forensic laboratory from 1978 to 2000. Dr. Lee was the driving force in establishing a modern state police communication system, Community based police services sex offender and DNA databank, Major Crime Investigation Concepts in Connecticut and he also is a pioneer for the advanced forensic science services in US.

In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school’s Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Though challenged with the demands on his time, Dr. Lee still lectures throughout the country and world to police, Universities and civic organizations. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has authored and co-authored more than 40 books, covering the areas, such as; DNA, Fingerprints, Trace Evidence, Crime Scene Investigation and Crime scene reconstruction. He is the author for some best sellers, such as Famous Crime Revisited, Cracking Cases: the science of solving crimes, Blood Evidence, Creaking more cases. In addition, his textbook such as; Forensic Science, Physical Evidence and Henry Lee’s Crime Scene Handbook has widely adopted in medical legal and forensic professions. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies. His Television serial “Trace Evidence—Dr. Henry Lee File” has received high rating and been showing around the world.

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the J. Donero Award from the International Association of Identification, and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fellow of the AAFS. ACFE Lifetime Achievement Award, American College of Forensic Examiner, in 2000, Medal of Honor by Ellis Island Foundation in 2004, Congressional Recognition for Outstanding services by US Congress in 2004, Presidential Medal of Honor, by Croatia President in 2005, of Medal of Service, , Ministry of Interior, Taiwan, ROC, 2006, Friendship Award from People Republic of China, Gusi Peace Award from Philippine in 2008. He was invited as one of the Oversea Chinese Delegates to attend the 2011 Peoples Congress in China.

Dr. Lee was born in China and grew up in Taiwan. Dr. Lee first worked for the Taipei Police Department, attaining the rank of Captain. With his wife, Margaret, Dr. Lee came to the United States in 1965, and he earned his B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College in 1972. Dr. Lee continued his studies in biochemistry at NYU where he earned his Masters Degree in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1975. He has also received special training from the FBI Academy, ATF, RCMP, and other organizations. He is a recipient of 20 Honorary degrees: Doctorate Degrees of Science from University of New Haven, University of Connecticut, Honorary Doctorate of Law from Roger Williams Law School, Michell College ,American International University and Taiwan Scientific Technology University , Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humem Letters from University of Bridgeport, St. Joseph College, Armstrong University, in recognition of his contributions to Law and Science. etc. Dr. And Mrs. Lee have been married for 49 years and have two grown children, a daughter, Sherry, a son, Stanley and grandchild; David, Rachel and Alex.