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The Essential Event
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Probing the Mind and Story of Dr. Henry Lee
R
arely does a high-profile crimi-
nal case unfold in a courtroom
today without mention of one
particular name: Dr. Henry Lee.
The forensic science extraordinaire
(who happens to be a University of
New Haven professor) has helped
solve more than 8,000 cases across
the world and has been a major player
in numerous notorious cases, including
the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, the
suicide of White House Counsel
Vincent Foster, the murder of Chandra
Levy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth
Smart, the Laci Peterson murder, and
the reinvestigation of the Kennedy
assassination.
Raised by his mother in Taiwan as the
second youngest of 13 children, Lee
joined the police force and quickly
worked his way up, becoming the
youngest police captain in Taiwanese
history. Perturbed by the tactics used
by Taiwanese police to secure confes-
sions, however, he decided he wanted
to know how to really solve crimes.
He worked his way through college in
New York by waiting tables in a
Chinese restaurant and teaching kung-
fu; when he graduated, he didn't have
money to attend his own commence-
ment, so he donned his cap and gown
in his apartment's living room.
"Forty years ago, me and my wife
came here and we had $50 in our
pockets and we spoke no English.
Forty years later, we still don't speak
English, but we have a lot of money!"
Lee joked with the crowd, who laughed
through much of Lee's presentation.
"America is a beautiful country!"
Today, he laughed, he has 23 or 24
honorary degrees, as well as a center
and lab named after him and countless
awards.
Lee demonstrated a quick wit through-
out the presentation, which touched on
the Kennedy assassination (the bullet
was scrubbed at the time, so the world
will most likely never know if it was one
shooter and bullet ... or two), the cases
of Vincent Foster and Chandra Levy
(he cleared suspected politician Gary
Condit within hours), and multiple
other well-known cases. Members
who could pick up on the clues within
his slides were rewarded with a small
police badge that Lee promised was
"not real."
Slides of actual cases were inter-
spersed with pictures of CSCPA board
members pasted onto the heads of tel-
evision show CSI cast members and
the
DNA
results
from
Monica
Lewinsky's infamous dress, drawing a
huge laugh from the crowd.
"Forty years ago, me and my wife came here
and we had $50 in our pockets and we spoke
no English. Forty years later, we still don't
speak English, but we have a lot of money!"
Dr. Henry Lee