The department employed just three persons, a physician appointed by the dean of the school, a secretary, also known as the chief cook and bottle washer, a state police officer and a chemist, Ruth Swinney. Mrs. Swinney later became the first female member of the Oregon State Police. The team was called to investigate nearly every one of Oregon’s murders or suspected murders. Everything found on or in close proximity to the body was photographed and sketched. The team searched for hairs, drugs and poison and all was taken to the laboratory together with any blood stained objects to be carefully examined.
Joseph Beeman, MD