I refer to a shot that occurs quite often in crime shows...

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There is the victim at the hub and spokes of red yarn that connect the suspects. How realistic is this in modern detective work?

I have read these articles:

All of which suggest in a vague and noncommittal way that this technique is more about narrative exposition for the television viewer rather than a detective's tool. Can someone confirm and explain?

  • Good question but the links you provided seem to answer it quite well.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 9:36
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    I also like this question and am interested to see any answers, but a suggestion: if you consider the links you provided to be vague and non-committal, perhaps you could define the criteria for what you'd consider an authoritative answer? ie: Do you want quotes from an actual homicide detective?
    – Steve-O
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 13:12
  • Links because it's good manners to demonstrate foundation research prior to posting a question on SO and not to waste member's time chasing down previously researched material. A live photo from inside 100 W. 1st St for example would be unassailable, right? or a similar attestation of impeccable credibility...
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 23:03
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    I'm confused by why your second link isn't an acceptable answer. It says sometimes police actually used to do this actual yarn, but now it's almost always done on a computer, and there is even at least one piece of software created specifically for this purpose. So it's 100% realistic but anachronistic. Commented Jul 31, 2017 at 7:36
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this question is about crime solving rather than a movie or tv show.
    – DForck42
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 20:29


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