How Sherlock Changed the World

How Sherlock Changed the World

Tuesday, December 17 at 9:00 p.m.

Find out how the fictional Sherlock Holmes' crime-scene methods were revolutionary in real-life.

Sherlock Holmes used chemistry, bloodstains and minute traces of evidence to catch criminals. Forensic scientists, crime historians and Sherlockian experts reveal for the first time the astonishing impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation had on the development of real-life criminal investigation and forensic techniques.

This new, two-hour documentary explores real crimes that were solved thanks to techniques, equipment or methods of reasoning Holmes used.

Forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee (pictured at right) shows how he used blood evidence to free a woman charged with the murder of her husband in a mysterious case in Florida, and Karen Smith demonstrates how blood splatter patterns exonerated Dr. Sam Sheppard of his wife’s murder years after his conviction.

Main photo: In a recreated scene, conducting tests in a lab