I would like to thank Craig for telling us about
Mr. MacDonell, not only as his teacher but also as an inspiration to his students to carry on his "knowledge and similar desire
to achieve more than the status quo."
The quote is from Craig but you know
that he could have as easily been talking about Charlie Chan!
Craig basically started with Genesis
(Chapber 4, Verse 10) to start showing the conection of bloodstain patterns to a commited crime.
His several references to books on
Germanic Law show his theory as to how the riters of Charlie Chan at the Race Track (and therefore
Charlie Chan) could have learned about bloodstain patterns.
[Going through his workbook with
Craig also reminded me of scenes
S.S. Van Dine wrote in his Philo Vance stories called The
Greene Murder Case and The Casino Murder Case. Their solutions involved libraries of crimes
and law in German.]
Craig also quoted William Shakespeare
and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. [No wonder Earle Derr Bigger followed suit!]
MacBeth has stabbed king Duncan and
says, "What hands are here! Ha! They pluck out my eyes. Will all great Neptunre's ocean wash this blood
clean from my hands?" (Macbeth, Act II, Scene II.)
Sherlock Holmes " . . . pointing
to numerous gouts and splashes of blood, which lay all around . . . . Then of course, this belongs to a second individual--presumably
the murderer . . . ." ( A Study in Scarlet, Part 1, Chapter 3.)
Craig also mentioned that there are
several designs similar to his but Craig's model is patented here and in Canada and used by more than two dozen agencies.
If our meeting with Craig was any
indication of his workshop at the Dallas Conference, it will be a great success!