When I received the email from a friend about the up and coming detective slated to speak at his writer's group, I didn't plan on attending. After all, unlike him, I am not a writer. I am not an author. I am a nobody.
However, as the date approached, for some unknown reason, I changed my mind.
Walking into the small room, I immediately checked in signing the "guest sheet". Seeing my friend engrossed in a conversation with a seated gentleman, I walked over only to discover that he was engrossed in a conversation with a gentleman I'd recently met, also an author. Surprised to find out that they've known each other for many, many years, I took a seat in the last row and soon discovered that I was the only person "from the general public." Everyone else in the room was a published author.
It wasn't long before the presentation began. The speaker...Peter Valentin, a retired CT State Police Detective of the Major Crime Squad, whose educational background is in the field of forensic science..."a nerd" as he called himself...began with a short introduction. All I can tell you is this. If ever you have the opportunity to attend such a presentation, do it...just do it!
Not only was it an eye-opening experience about what really goes on in the world of forensics compared to all those programs we watch such as NCIS, CSI, and Law & Order, the general, overall scope of the process reminded me of my past.
Although I never equated my investigatory prowess when working at "the bank" with the skills of a forensic scientist, I did that day. Connecting the dots...connecting people to places, to things...is just what I did when trying to determine how and what caused money to suddenly become "missing" whether from a cash drawer, an ATM, or the Vault. Linking all the facts together, making the connections always led to the guilty party.
Telling us of brutal crimes, of crimes where the innocent were incarcerated for years then exonerated, of crimes that "went cold" due to mistakes, of a crime that was solved because of a FitBit, our speaker had me in the palm of his hand and kept me spellbound during the entire presentation.
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