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Siam's New DetectivesVisualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand$
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Samson W. Lim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855253

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855253.001.0001

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Murder, Reenacted

Murder, Reenacted

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Siam's New Detectives

Samson Lim

University of Hawai'i Press

The crime scene re-enactment is another prominent visual practice used by the Thai police. It is believed to have been introduced in the late 1920s as a way to categorize crime into what the police considered rational, scientific categories, but over time it has come to take on new social, epistemological functions. In discussing a re-enactment from 1956, for example, one police officer noted how the practice allowed him to confirm a hunch about a crime that would not otherwise have been verifiable. Photos of the same re-enactment then became part of a news story in a popular weekly magazine. As courts began to press for more visual evidence and the public for crime stories the re-enactment evolved into a broader social ritual in which the police and the media, fact and fiction, technology and society came into contact to generate artifacts useful as news, entertainment, and legal evidence.

Keywords:   Reenactment, crime scene reconstruction, criminal detection, crime news, media, visualization

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