CSI Effect

One of the most popular shows on television, CSI takes viewers into crime labs and shows audiences how evidence collected at a crime scene solves the crime.

Prof. Alan Mentzer is a TMCC Criminal Justice instructor.

"Well the biggest thing I see is everything is solved in an hour, there is always clean beautiful prints, there is always DNA."

Alan Mentzer is a former detective and teaches classes on forensic investigation. He says CSI is a drama and not real life. Some of the tests performed on the show he says don't exist.

Deputy Brooke Keast form Washoe Co. Sheriff's Office says the shows are entirely fabricated nor are they all reality based.

"Most of them take a little real and a little fake. And they put them together and then people believe it and thing this is exactly how we operate."

With the help of private donations totally more than two-hundred-50-thousand dollars, Keast says Washoe County's crime lab has been able to process 270 cheek swaps collected by Reno P.D. 80 of those she says were priority as they came from prior offenders. Still no match. But Keast says the public needs to understand it's a process--it takes time. That's even when the sample gets top priority like that which was taken from Denison's body last friday to confirm ID.

"And it took our top criminalist Jeff Riolo he was in there for 15 straight hours all night long. No breaks, no phone calls, no lunch break nothing, He was there one test 15 straight hours and that is how they new in the morning it was her."