How bite marks made one man a murder suspect | Part 1

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Watch part 2: part 3: us make more ambitious series like False Positive by joining the Vox Video Lab. It brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with Joss and all the other Vox creators. Learn more at by Vox senior producer Joss Fong, False Positive is a 30-minute documentary, split into three episodes, focusing on the conviction of Robert Lee Stinson. Stinson spent 23 years in a Wisconsin prison for murder after two forensic odontologists concluded that his teeth matched bite marks found on the body of the victim. False Positive looks at the structural and cultural factors that have made the U.S. criminal justice system susceptible to unreliable forensic science, and that continue to impede progress toward more reliable methods today. We take a look at his trial in part two. Watch here: the story concludes in part 3: go even deeper into the series, become a member of the Vox Video Lab, for exclusive access to a live Q&A following the final episode on February 6th, and additional behind-the-scenes details on the series. The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.Previous headline: The murder: How one man's teeth made him a is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Joss Fong

     6 months ago

    Thank you all for watching the first episode of False Positive! Part 2 comes next Wednesday, where we'll take a look at Stinson's trial. And then we'll conclude with Part 3 the following Wednesday. If you have any questions about the story or how we made the series, I'll be hosting a livestream Q&A on February 7th for members of the Vox Video Lab: See you then!

  • Raj Patel

     3 months ago

    You guys are awesome one best informative channel

  • william kam

     5 months ago

    Joss, I've instantly became a fan of yours since bumping into Vox Observatory and got immediately hooked. Glad to see you're starting a new series. Keep it up!

  • Handsome Squidward

     6 months ago

    Amazing video, Vox!! The worst aspect of this case, besides him serving over two decades, was that he was only awarded $115,000 from Wisconsin in reparations. What a worthless amount of money - sure, it’s a lot objectively, but not nearly enough to make up for the dreams lost and potential he had as a 20 year old young man. Horrible.

  • Dr Retard

     6 days ago

    If he was white he would have gotten much more than that really.

  • cheilsea bernier

     24 days ago

    Stephen McDaid More

  • kaji doell

     4 months ago

    Couldn’t they have him bite into something to compare the bite marks?

  • bisma

     3 days ago

    they made models of the teeth though. The models are made by biting on an impressionable material in a dental tray and filling them with plaster to make a replica model of your dentition. That's all they could use as the impression distorts with time they couldn't keep that

  • mr. ping

     4 days ago

    Also they want to get the guy and that would alert him so then he would get a lawyer if he doesn't have one

  • atenahena

     4 months ago

    "she liked to collect aluminum cans and play bingo"thats kinda sad :(

  • StarCaptain 7733


    atenahena well you’re being kinda rude.

  • Gelly Brits

     2 days ago

    • Vertical • no. she said it was “sad” because the woman’s hobby was very innocent and she was just having a good time until someone killed her. such a mundane and simple routine and she got her life taken away. that is why it was sad.

  • Sebastian Elytron

     6 months ago

    I feel guilty watching this for free. No false positive in my case.

  • PotatoThief

     11 days ago

    @Vox yeah that makes us more guilty for accepting your humble generousity, i really feel guilty that i thought you might regret it for accepting us for watching it for free.

  • Polly Pockets

     3 months ago

    @WHEN WILL U LEARN THAT UR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES They're saying there's no reason to feel guilty that it is free.

  • Notmatt

     6 months ago

    Who gave that dentist a degree? I just want to talk to them real quick

  • peepee poopoo

     9 hours ago

    Aaliyah White not everything is racist smh, you’re out here ruining the aspect of racism, using it as a means of a pillar to base ur accusation on. sad

  • Adrianna Osborne

     22 days ago

    Aaliyah White I agree it does seem like neither of the dentists truly cared about the suspect after seeing him, and the first dentist probably knew exactly what his sketch looked like, but didn’t care if he went to prison or not bc he was black. This would also explain why he never even mentioned the sketch again or used it as evidence in subsequent trials, because he knew he had no actual evidence to support his claims.

  • Danny Ortiz

     6 months ago

    This is what I needed from Vox. True Crime.

  • sushi was taken

     15 days ago

    Isabella ********* all we need now is a lanky dude with an unlimited amount of wit

  • Isabella *********

     6 months ago

    This week on Vox Unsolved

  • Shupeng Wen

     6 months ago

    You guys need to put this on Netflix, this is too good for YouTube

  • Kyatis

     2 months ago

    Not everyone has access to Netflix.

  • Doctor Of History

     6 months ago

    Fake Science made a man served 23 years for nothing he did?

  • Azucena Luna

     11 days ago

    @Nnenna yes. Don't you get it. this happened a while ago. And many whites still hate some people till this day.

  • Lynnsko Mouse

     11 days ago

    This hurts my brain to read..

  • Matthew L

     6 months ago

    what a beautiful piece. amazing work. you can tell just how much effort and care went into making this video.