CSI Consultant to Speak at WWU

Dr. Gary Telgenhoff, forensic pathologist and forensic consultant for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, will speak at William Woods University next month. He plans to reveal the differences between Hollywood and realism in crime scene analysis when he speaks at 7 p.m. March 4 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.


The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is the next President’s Concert and Lecture Series event at WWU.


Telgenhoff is forensic pathologist and deputy medical examiner at the Clark County Corner’s Office, Las Vegas. He became a consultant for the popular TV show CSI because of his friendship with a CSI scriptwriter. He tells audiences “Want to be a CSI? Go to acting school.”


His presentation focuses on the realities of being a forensic scientist. He sees about 1,000 bodies a year, 450 of which he autopsies. His testimony is often required in court cases to determine the cause of death.


Dr. Telgenhoff says that he truthfully finds his career interesting, challenging and fulfilling. However, he is quick to add that at times the work can be gross, odorous and depressing. His presentations come with warnings for people with weak stomachs to look away, based on the graphic aspects of his pictures.


He is also known for raising drug awareness, and he wants people to be aware of how drugs affect their bodies.


Dr. Telgenhoff earned his master’s degree in biology and physiology at Eastern Michigan University. He then completed medical school at Michigan State University. In addition to his career, he enjoys being a rock musician. Some of his music has been featured on a soundtrack of a CSI episode.


The President’s Concert and Lecture Series was conceived by William Woods University to encourage student and community participation in educational and cultural events. For more information, contact Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or bfoster@williamwoods.edu.