This summer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer invited Senior Research Associate Brandy Schillace to speak about the archive of John George Spenzer, a toxicologist with an eye for detail and an interest in crime:
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Long before CSI, NCIS and other popular TV shows dealing with scientific criminal investigation, there was John G. Spenzer – Cleveland’s first forensic scientist.
In the turn-of-the-20th-century days before DNA testing and other modern investigatory marvels, Spenzer brought together the worlds of science and criminology with a thorough, if egotistical, passion. […]
Some have called him Cleveland’s own Sherlock Holmes.
Spenzer might have been flattered by the comparison to the famous English sleuth. And he probably wouldn’t have denied it.
Read more of this story by PD reporter Brian Albrecht here. And we hope you’ll come to see the museum hallway case on this Sherlock-like figure from Cleveland’s past!