CNN – "Anatomy of Murder"
In January 2005 CNN asked Steinberg to participate in a primetime special called "Anatomy of Murder." Once an obscure and ill-defined science, forensics has captured the American imagination, as seen in numerous TV crime series. But how accurate are these shows? And what's it like to be a real crime scene investigator? Authorities employ tools and techniques to identify victims and suspects -- sometimes breaking open cases, sometimes without success, but almost always behind the scenes.
The episode featured a homicide case from the City of Miami Police Department. The partially skeletonized remains of a young black male were found in a warehouse in December of 2003. In April 2003 Steinberg was asked to complete a facial reconstruction of the unidentified man. Within 48 hours of releasing the drawing the victim was identified as a man who was missing from Jacksonville, Florida.