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Jim Dougherty, assistant director of the BCA crime lab in Bemidji, shared with June 11 Chautauqua attendees the myths about crime labs and how they really work. Photo by Chelsey Perkins

Not as seen on TV


Crime lab scientists do not interview witnesses or suspects of crimes, they aren't experts in all types of forensics, they work many more than one case at a time and don't solve all of them, and they aren't all good-looking enough for television.


Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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