Whippleburn Prize Announced
GCPD’s Edward Nygma wins award.
On Thursday morning, the Whippleburn Prize was awarded to GCPD forensic specialist Edward Nygma. The prize, which includes a brass plaque and $100, recognizes excellence in criminal science writing. Mr. Nygma seemed genuinely shocked by the honor, saying, “When you don’t know what I am, I am something. But when you do know what I am, I am nothing. What am I?” (The answer is “a surprise.”)
The winning piece, “What’s Wrong With This Right? Preventing False Positives at Crime Scenes,” was published earlier this year in the forensic journal Evidence Quarterly. “Its a gripping examination of police practices,” gushed Zelda Merman, chairwoman of the prize committee.
Despite a hectic schedule at the GCPD, Mr. Nygma is also a regular contributor to publications like For Your Record and Post-Mortem Monthly. He credits his strict upbringing and rigorous education at Gotham City University for his ability to balance work and writing.
Gotham City Suites’ Kane Lounge hosted the small ceremony, which included a continental breakfast. The annual prize honors Augustus P. Whippleburn, a pioneer in forensic technology and a guest expert on the long-running Sunday morning program “Behind Gotham’s Yellow Tape: Tales from Inside the Police Force.”