Forensics exhibition shows how science can make dead speak

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Posted: Feb 24, 2015 9:20 AM

LONDON (AP) — For all of us, death is the end. For forensic scientists, it's also a beginning.

An exhibition at London's art-meets-science Wellcome Collection takes visitors on a journey through the afterlife of violent death, from crime scene to mortuary, laboratory and courtroom.

It's a world that's familiar from movies and TV dramas. But curator Lucy Shanahan said Tuesday that the exhibition's aim is to show the "real lives and personal narratives at the heart of forensics."

The exhibition mixes real-life — and real-death — artifacts with artworks inspired by similar themes.

Exhibits include a drawing of one of Jack the Ripper's victims as she appeared in the morgue to crime victims' organs and early examples of fingerprint analysis and DNA identification.

The free exhibition opens Thursday and runs to June 21.