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The Museum Files

In this multi-part series, the Tallahassee Museum presents The Museum Files—lectures in criminal justice, forensics, behavioral profiling, police investigation, myths, legends, and unsolved crimes.

 

 

False Confessions & Real Convictions

Presented By: Seth Miller, Executive Director, Innocence Project of Florida

Presentation Date: 8/15/2019

It can be difficult to believe that innocent people would wrongly confess to a crime they did not commit. The truth is, it happens all the time. Why would someone confess for something they didn’t do? Innocence Project of Florida Executive Director Seth Miller will share a brief lesson on what everyone should know about false confessions and will explore the number of reasons people might, and do, confess while innocent. 

 

For tickets and event information, please CLICK HERE.

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Citizens Response To Active Shooter Events (C.R.A.S.E.):

Presented By: Deputy Dean Crump, Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO)

Presentation Date: 8/29/2019

Law enforcement officers and agencies are frequently requested by schools, businesses, and community members for direction and presentations on what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics presented by Deputy Crump will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, and medical considerations on how to survive an event.

 

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The Science of Solving Crime

Presented By: Charla Perdue, Forensic Scientist, FSU

Presentation Date: 9/12/2019

Do you like crime-related TV shows like CSI? Come and learn what forensic science is and how it is used to help solve crimes in real life.  This will include a hands-on activity and will be limited to 30 participants.

 

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He’s Crazy/She’s Crazy – Behavioral Profiling

Presented By: Dr. Lee Bushong, FAMU

Presentation Date: 9/26/2018

We will briefly discuss some mental pathologies that impact people as it relates to relationships and crime. Ideally, we will cover the telltale signs of disorders, what those disorders may be recognized as from a behavioral perspective, and for individuals who fall into certain categories, what challenges those behaviors present to others as well as to identify people who may cause harm within intimate relationships.

 

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Surviving a Cold Case

Presented By: Ryan Backmann, Executive Director, Project Cold Case

Presentation Date: 10/10/2019

This presentation will focus on what it is like to be told your loved one was murdered and the ensuing struggle when days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, months turn to years and the reality sets in that the case may never be solved. On October 10, 2009, Cliff Backmann was robbed, shot and killed while working on a Saturday afternoon. Cliff’s son, Ryan, will share his journey to find justice and his passion to help others along the way. 

 

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True Crime Trivia

Presented By: Tallahassee Museum Team

Presentation Date: 10/17/2019

Show off your knowledge of criminology, true crime TV, and local illegal legends at True Crime Trivia night brought to you by the Tallahassee Museum and Proof Brewing.  Must be 18+to attend

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Crime Scene and Forensics Realities

Presented By: Richard English MACJ, MSCJ

Presentation Date: 11/7/2019

This discussion, provided by Crime Scene Investigator Richard English will surround current practices in crime scene and forensic processing, the realities of the field versus what is portrayed on Television. Topics include latent fingerprints, biological, DNA, Mitochondrial DNA, hair, fibers, footwear/tire impressions, and document evidence.

 

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Expungement and Other Tall Tales: Exoneration Myths and Facts

Presented By: Dr. Adina Thompson, Intake Coordinator, Innocence Project of Florida

Presentation Date: 11/14/2019

This talk, facilitated by criminologist Dr. Adina Thompson, will look at common misconceptions surrounding the exoneration of wrongfully convicted people in Florida. We’ll discuss cleaning up criminal records, compensation, and what happens when innocent folks come home. Bring your questions!

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Investigating Fires and Explosions

Presented By: Captain Karl Morgan, Project Manager at Division of Investigative and Forensic Services

Presentation Date: 12/12/2019

Fire and explosion investigations are unique to the forensic/investigative world in that the investigator has to start with the known (i.e., a fire or explosion has occurred), but develop the unknown from relatively little information. Captain Morgan will explore the use of a systematic approach to investigations related to the development of the origin and cause of a fire or explosion. The approach used in these types of investigations is the scientific method. 

 

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Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum 3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 575-8684 Info line: (850) 576-1636

MUSEUM HOURS

9 am – 5 pm: Monday-Saturday
11 am – 5 pm: Sunday

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day and New Year’s Day