The Power of Images


“How to Solve a Murder” by Jill Hilbrenner is a podcast analysis about a 29-year veteran detective named Tim Marcia who is attempting to solve the murder case of Kari Lenander, a teenage girl killed in Los Angeles in the 1980’s.

The first picture I chose titled “Unsolved Murder” is representative of the central idea of the podcast analysis. Through the letters spelled across the image, the picture helps provide an overall message and concise idea about the main topic the story will address.

The image titled “A Bloody Mess” and the bathtub with the luminol forensic detection light represent the DNA used within the analysis. DNA such as the one described in the images would not have been available in the past when the murder first took place, but have now been instrumental in convicting many individuals that would have previously gotten away. It has also played an important role as mentioned by Tim Marcia as he states that they were once really close to condemning the individual that they believed to be the murderer, but DNA evidence proved otherwise, and led to the release of that person. Additionally, DNA now helps assist investigators in pursuing accurate convictions, decreasing the chances of an innocent man serving time in jail.

The photo of the police station and the interrogation room represent the tactics and strategies used by detectives throughout their murder investigation. These buildings serve as key aspects for investigations as most of the research and interviewing is done in places such as these. The interrogation room also serves as a great platform to record and question individuals as they are being interviewed, and in addition, the room creates an intimidating atmosphere where individuals are more likely to tell the truth and divulge what they know, compared to the home or the street, where an individual may feel more comfortable and reason that lying to the investigators would be acceptable.

“How To Solve A Murder.” Interview. Audio blog post. The Guardian. The Guardian, 25 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Mar. 2017.

Pinterest. 2014. Library Square Museum Street, YO1 7DS United Kingdom, London. York Explore. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.


A Tale of Deception

Critical Analysis of Theme

“Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl is a short story about a woman by the name of Mary Maloney, who is married to her husband Patrick Maloney, a police officer. Mary is characterized to be the stereotypical 1950’s housewife, as she stays at home, makes food for her husband, is always respectful, and cares very much for her husband. However, the plot quickly takes a turn as Patrick tells Mary that he is leaving her. Patrick does not physically say this as dialogue within the story, though it is assumed by the reader that this is what he had meant. This leads Mary to kill her husband Patrick by hitting him in the head with a frozen piece of lamb and then playing it all off by visiting a local grocery store, acting surprised to the police, and feeding the investigators the lamb used to kill her husband.

The central theme developed by Dahl throughout the story is that those who may appear to be innocent may be anything but that. Mary Maloney is a housewife that is shown to be caring and respectful towards her husband, therefore no one suspects her to be the murderer. Additionally, Mary plays off the whole incident very well as she visits the grocer with a positive attitude. Though Mary is perceived by the public as a loyal housewife and an innocent widow, in reality she has a double identity which no one else is able to realize.

Dahl, Roald. “LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER-A Story.” Harper’s Magazine Sep 01 1953: 39. ProQuest. Web. 19 Feb. 2017 .

Innocent Guilty. 2015. Newson & Gapasin Attorneys At Law . Web. 19 Feb. 2017. <;.