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.