Fall 2016 William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Lectureship featuring Dr. J.C. Upshaw Downs

The Seven Deadly Sins of Forensic Ethics

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:30 pm - Student Union Ballroom

Dr. J.C. Upshaw Downs is a forensic pathologist whose notable past cases have included the examination of the crew of the H.L. Hunley, the first successful combat submarine in world history, and the scientific identifications for all 339 victims in the “Operation Noble Cause” (Georgia Tri-State Crematory) case. He was the pathologist on the first capital murder trial using DNA evidence in the history of the state of South Carolina. Television appearances include: National Geographic, C-SPAN, The New Detectives: Case Studies in Forensic Science, Forensic Files, Street Stories, Dateline, and 48 Hours. He consults on the FOX fictional medical examiner show Rosewood. He has served as consultant to forensics fiction writer Patricia Cornwell whose Charleston-set Book of the Dead was researched with Downs in Savannah. The fictional Savannah medical examiner Colin Dengate featured in Cornwell’s 2012 book, Red Mist, is based on Dr. Downs.

Downs Seven Deadly Sins of Fornesic Ethics

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