Henry Lee Biography

Dr. Lee is currently the Chief Emeritus for Scientific Services for the State of Connecticut and an occasional lecture professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven, where he has helped to set up the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. He is also a visiting professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law. Previously, he has served as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Public Safety, the Director of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory, and as the state’s chief criminalist from 1979 to 2000. He currently has a TV show on the truTV network, which was Court TV back then, titled Trace Evidence: The Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee, which highlights his work on many well-known cases.

He was a guest on the hit Taiwanese talk show KangXi Lai Le, discussing his experiences and getting involved with comedic banters, the show’s primary staple. He has worked on famous cases such as the JonBenét Ramsey murder, the Helle Crafts wood chipper murder, the O.J. Simpson and Laci Peterson cases, the post-9/11 forensic investigation, the Washington, DC sniper shootings and to reinvestigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Dr. Lee investigated the 3-19 Shooting Incident of R.O.C. President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu. Following the O.J. Simpson case, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr hired Dr. Henry Lee to join his investigation of the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster, who killed himself in Fort Marcy Park on 20 July 1993.

He also was consulted on the 1991 death of investigative journalist Danny Casolaro. Initially, Lee said the evidence presented to him by police was consistent with suicide, but when additional evidence was revealed to him a few years later, Dr. Lee formally withdrew his earlier statement. Dr. Lee was consulted as a blood spatter analyst during the trial of Michael Peterson, a fiction writer and politician from North Carolina who, in 2003, was convicted of the murder of his wife, Kathleen Peterson.