On Saturday the chapter held its annual conference. This year's theme was 'Whodunnit? A Writer's Guide to Working a Crime Scene." I found all of the speakers very interesting. First we heard from a Medical Examiner and a Sheriff's Office Deputy with who does Search and Rescue. They did a great job explaining how the search and rescue process would work if someone was missing in the woods. The second speaker was an Oregon State Police detective, who gave lots of info including how an specific police actions and investigation steps if a body is found. The third talk was given by three representatives of the District Attorney's office. They dispelled a lot of myths we get about lawyers roles from watching crime dramas on TV. They also broke down the legal process from start to finish.
That was a super quick overview, but instead of me blabbing on about what I picked up from their talks, lets all share what we learned.
I really enjoyed learning the steps in each of their processes. I think that will help us write accurate portrayals. Even if we don't need the whole process, just to be able to identify, "Sally was trying to sneak into the secondary perimeter." Plus I also loved the slang, particularly "road toads." Teehee! Those words make our writing authentic.
I also enjoyed learning about how much lawyers get involved. My only thoughts on process come from TV shows. I was interested to learn that they get involved even at the search & rescue stage, but that they don't interact during interrogations. Like they said, Law & Order shows lawyers in there making deals and layin' the smack down.
What did you get out of it?