Can you figure out Whodunit? Grab a newspaper and step into a crime in action. Interview the witnesses and search for vital clues. Visit the crime lab to test your theories and analyze the evidence. Do you have what it takes to be a super sleuth?
Explore the world of forensic biology and artistry, ballistics and medical examinations to discover what it takes to solve crimes. In the Hall of Heroes and Villains, meet the scientists and professionals of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who have sworn to protect and serve their fellow citizens.
Some of the most infamous criminals in history have Oklahoma ties. Follow the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde, “Pretty Boy” Floyd and “Machine Gun” Kelly and discover how their crime sprees came to an end. Be sure to explore our collection of real crime artifacts, including a polygraph machine and the Browning Automatic Rifle.
Forensic professionals have an entire arsenal of scientific weapons and technologies they use in their investigations. Forensics is the use of science, including biology, physics and chemistry, to investigate and establish facts for the legal system. A crucial part of this process is utilizing the steps of the Scientific Method: establish the problem, do background research, construct a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, analyze the results and draw conclusions.
Forensic biologists examine blood, bodily fluids, hair and even insects to assist them in their criminal investigations. Technology plays a key role in this process, allowing the scientists to collect and analyze biological evidence found on clothing, weapons and other surfaces. The work must be precisely performed and meticulously documented because a single mistake could cause the evidence to be thrown out of court, potentially letting a criminal go free.