University of Leicester is name-dropped in American crime drama
In an episode from the third season of the TNT television series, entitled ‘Crazy for You’, the University is mentioned in connection with the method for recovering finger prints from bullets – a technique invented by Dr John Bond OBE, forensic expert in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester.
The invention, which was named as one of Time’s Magazine’s best inventions of 2008 and BBC Focus Magazine's inventions 'most likely to change the world' in 2009, made it possible to analyse fingerprints on a gun or bullet after it has been wiped clean. Sweat corrodes metal, so by applying an electrical charge and a fine carbon powder to the corroded area, a fingerprint can still be revealed.
This is not the first time that the University of Leicester has featured in American crime dramas for this discovery – Dr Bond’s invention was also shown in action in the hit TV show CSI Miami and recently featured in a detective novel by Michael Connelly entitled ‘Nine Dragons’.