Sherlock Holmes: Connecting Fiction & Forensics

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A general view of the sign outside the former home of the fictional Character Sherlock Holmes on March 26, 2012 in London, England.
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In 1886, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first story about a detective named Sherlock Holmes, a perceptive character whose love for logic and sharp eye would go on to inspire mystery writers and real-life crime scene investigators alike.

A new PBS documentary looks at the ways Sherlock Holmes still informs how we think and investigate real crimes—even today.

What is about Holmes that inspires even modern investigators to cautiously and methodically look at the clues in order to solve a crime?

Joining The Takeaway to explain is Kimberlee Sue Moran, a forensic archaeologist featured in "How Sherlock Changed the World."