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Subject: CSI
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: fwscholl-ga
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Posted: 12 Jul 2005 07:21 PDT
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Question ID: 542575
which episodes of the TV show CSI contain examples of the use of
computer forensic methods?  I need at least 3.
Subject: Re: CSI
Answered By: journalist-ga on 12 Jul 2005 09:15 PDT
Greetings Fwscholl,

Below are five examples of computer forensics from the TV show and 1
example from a CSI TV novel.  This way you have a bit more of a choice
for your three examples. :)

1. CSI: Miami episode "Big Brother" 
"revolve[s] around the death of Robert Bernard, a business executive
found murdered at his desk in the middle of the night. The crime lab's
computer forensics technician, Clive Anderson, analyses Bernard's hard
drive to find out which web sites he accessed before his death, and
comes up with some surprising results.

Robert Bernard was a regular visitor to an Internet porn site called
"Voyeur Sorority". The site purports to have a 24/7 live feed from a
real Florida sorority house. Bernard had emailed one of the
"residents", Amanda, and invited her to come to his office for sex on
the night of his death."
(confirmed at
"The team explores a voyeuristic Internet site in connection with a
stockbroker's murder.")

2. CSI episode "Swap Meet"
"At the CSI A/V Lab Sara searches through Tom Cunningham's hard drive.
She finds that there's a lot of email back and forth between the
Cunninghams and the Keatons, but she can't ID the mystery woman. They
find an attached file of the webcam picture of the woman, sent by the
name "SweetKeat" and then they find the response from "Cunning1" to
meet at midnight behind the skate park."

3. CSI episode "King Baby"
"Warrick tells Greg that he downloaded the log from the security
system hard drive and found that according to Mrs. Eiger's alibi she
left for the club at 7:15pm. The computer shows that the garage door
opened at 7:18pm. Dispatch received her 911 call at 11:42pm. At 8:00pm
the front door opened, the milkmaid, and at 10:09pm the third floor
balcony doors opened. Four minutes later the front door opens and the
milkmaid leaves. At 10:30pm the garage door opens and Donna returned.
What did she do for over an hour between arriving home and calling the

4. CSI episode "Turning of the Screw" (from the script)
"SARA:  Multitrack digital camera snaps photos of all the passengers. 
The park finally sent over their computer, so I'm scanning through the
day of the

NICK:  Can you go back in time, to the night before?

SARA:  Yeah. Why?

NICK:  Jim Nevins may have been on that coaster.  I want to see if anyone was 
with him.

(SARA scrolls back and finds the photo of JIM NEVINS with a woman on the 

NICK:  Oh. So much for safe sex.

SARA:  Who's the girl?

NICK:  Reverse one more pic.

(SARA goes back a couple of pictures and sees JIM NEVINS and his date side by 
side in the coaster, both their arms raised as they enjoy the ride.)

NICK:  Now, that picture's worth five bucks.

SARA:  Last time stamp of the night was 12:45 A.M.  Coroner placed
Nevins' T.O.D at 1:00 A.M.

NICK:  We need to find that girl."

5.  CSI episode "Random Acts of Violence" (from the script)

(ARCHIE works on the hard drives taken from HYPERTRIX.  NICK goes
through a palm pilot.  He finds a photograph of SERENA CHASE.)

NICK:  Hey, Arch.

(ARCHIE turns around to see the photo on the palm pilot.)

ARCHIE:  (smiles)  Wow!  Serena.  Can defrag my hard drive anytime."



ARCHIE:  ... Or were you thinking about Farscape?

NICK:  I have no idea what you are talking about.

ARCHIE:  It doesn't matter.  Look, I got something to show you here.  I found 
this on Anders' computer.

NICK:  What is this, a video game?

ARCHIE:  No, it's actually an FRPG:  "Fantasy role-playing game."  You see, 
players use avatars to represent themselves in a fantasy world. 
There's Serena, Todd, and Kwan in this alternate universe conjuring up
a gateway, which summons a beast-like Anders, who decapitates Kwan.

6. This is from a CSI novel, CSI: Body of Evidence:
"Early one quiet Monday morning, in an empty executive office,
assistant Janice Denard begins to prepare for another ordinary day --
but instead discovers evidence of horrific crimes, shocking
photographs left abandoned in a printer.  Now, with the help of the
LVPD's computer forensics experts, the CSI tam must track through
hardware and software, deception and deceit to find the perpetrators. 
But while Willows and Stokes investigate the once well-hidden secrets
now revealed in print, Grissom, Brown, and Sidle uncover new and
disturbing evidence in a high-profile media case . . . the brutal
murder of the Mayor's long-missing secretary."

Should any links give you trouble loading, please request a
clarification and I will be happy to respond.

Best regards,


CSI episode guide
CBS CSI "hard drive" Nick Stokes Sara Sidle computer
CBS CSI "hard drive" computer forensics
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