"For one thing," he said, "CSI's don't work in pairs. Most of them are deputies who've been trained in crime scene investigation."
Other ways that reality differs from TV:
* It's never as neat and sterile as it looks on TV.
* Bodies aren't neatly in one place.
* CSI's don't go into houses alone with guns drawn.
* Most of the scientific investigation happens in the lab.
* Coroners and pathologists don't go to the crime scene.
Freidel said he understands the need for things to be orderly on a TV set, but in real life things just aren't that tidy. He added that police officers are trained to examine the scene, bag up the evidence and move on.
"You don't hear a lot of chatter at a crime scene. And investigators don't argue about their interpretation of a scene," he said.
What show comes closest to matching real life? According to Freidel it would be "First 48."
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