As a freshman majoring in criminal justice, Marc Dupre liked the idea of detective work but was not sure what role he wanted to play in law enforcement. A professor suggested changing his major to chemistry if he was interested in crime scene analysis. Now a criminalist at the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory, the Manchester, N.H., native helps unravel major crime mysteries.
Dupre knew he chose the right line of work when he helped solve a heinous double murder early in his career. "I found a partial palm print impression in blood on a stone hearth. It was a great find." By locating and identifying the bloody impression and a fingerprint on one of the victim's legs, he did his part in bringing the killers to justice.
Dupre got his first taste of the State Police lab during an internship in his senior year at Saint Anselm. His first job there was an entry level position as a fingerprint technician. Over more than 17 years, he has worked his way up to supervising three units at the laboratory - the evidence control, identification, and firearms and tool marks units.
In his daily work, Dupre encounters the dark side of humanity, one littered with victims. "I just look at it as a job, a responsibility. I keep my head on straight and use the tools I learned without getting into the emotional side of it." Of course, there are cases that are seared into his memory. He learns from each of them. "The work never gets dull. It's always interesting. It's like opening a new puzzle box every day."
Dupre also co-owns and works as a supervising scientist at Forensic Comparative Science Specialists, LLC in Concord, NH on the side.