RICHMOND, Va. — Kelly Johnson snips pieces from a bloodstained, blue-stripe shirt, then swabs the neck and armpits for sweat. Down the hall, Samantha Glass watches as a chemical reaction reveals a fingerprint on a juice bottle.
In the state’s Eastern lab, Julie Price fires a .45-caliber pistol into a long metal water tank.
Unlike their counterparts on TV, they’re not wearing low-cut shirts or stiletto heels, and their hair and makeup aren’t always perfect. These are the real women of forensic science, and there are plenty of them.