Paul Leland Kirk

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Paul Leland Kirk was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado back in 1902.  Sorry I can’t provide any other information except what is coming.  He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and his Master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

He continued his education receiving his Ph.D. in biochemistry from UC Berkeley.  In 1929, he worked as a professor of biochemistry at UC Berkeley.  While there he became interested in forensic science.  Law enforcement asked him to do a microscopic examination of a rape victim’s clothing.  With what he found authorities were able to get a conviction.  In 1937, he became the leader of UC Berkeley’s criminology program.  He was asked to join the Manhattan Project working on the process to isolate fissionable plutonium from 1942-45.  He published over 250 articles in multiple fields of research, ranging from biochemistry to criminalistics. 

What you may not know about Professor Kirk is that he was called to investigate the bedroom in which Sam Sheppard supposedly murdered his wife and provided the key blood spatter evidence that led to his acquittal in a retrial over 12 years after the murder. 

The highest honor one can receive in the criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences carries Kirk’s name.

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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Feb 22, 2021 03:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - interesting information.  It is going to take me a while to gather my thoughts on what you have shared.  

Feb 22, 2021 03:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Such a famous murder case, James. Really interesting to read about some of the background that led to acquittal.

Feb 22, 2021 03:58 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is always so crazy to me to hear about someone that was finally proven to be innocent after already spending many years in prison.

Feb 22, 2021 03:59 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Too bad he couldn't get royalties from all the shows created from his work!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 22, 2021 04:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Feb 22, 2021 05:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. An interesting felloe indeed who pursued his interests. Amazing! Enjoy your day! 

Feb 22, 2021 05:22 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - forensic science is interesting but a gruesome field.

Feb 22, 2021 05:44 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray imagine the impact on true justice that this one man had

Feb 22, 2021 06:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

How interesting. I always thought that would be an amazing job (investigations...except for the blood).

Feb 22, 2021 08:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting character you picked for this morning.  A bit gruesome for me this morning.  A

Feb 22, 2021 08:54 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So this is the blueprint to become a blood splatter expert James Dray 

Feb 22, 2021 09:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James, 12 years later, it is amazing what the police have now that they did not have in the old days!


Feb 22, 2021 09:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I know that my interest in forensic science grew with all of the shows like C.S.I. What a brilliant person. 

Feb 22, 2021 10:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A true Serlock Holms. You got to love those highly anilitical minds... as long as they don't live under the same roof James Dray .

Feb 22, 2021 01:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

How interesting I remember this case but not his name:)Endre

Feb 22, 2021 10:23 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I didnt expect this career path from someone who worked on the Manhattan Project

Feb 23, 2021 04:54 AM