Video Forensic Expert Ed Primeau


Edward Primeau was born in 1958 in Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit where he majored in communications and minored in criminal justice. He began his career as an audio engineer in 1979 at Ambience Recording Studio, also in Detroit.

While employed at Ambience Recordings, Ed was asked to conduct an audio forensic examination for the FBI. In 1984, he left Ambience to pursue his career as a forensic expert and started Primeau Forensics, LTD. He has completed hundreds of audio and video forensic investigations during his time with Primeau Forensics, including audio and video forensic analysis, enhancement, authentication and recovery. Ed has testified as an expert witness in Federal, State and Local courts, as well as for the Judicial Tenure Commission and the Michigan Public Service Commission.


Ed helps courts and law enforcement agencies understand the science of audio and video forensics. His philosophy is that authentication and clarification of audio and video media is both an art and a science. His techniques require attention to detail and scientific principles, complemented by an appreciation for clarity and aesthetics.

Ed also considers forensics as an experimental science because no two cases are the same. He conducts experiments that include variables specific to the case at hand, taking scupulous product notes to include in each. His forensic processes, structured and methodological, are widely accepted in the scientific community.


Ed has consulted with the media on several notable cases, including Trayvon Martin V. George Zimmerman, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and Laquan McDonald. Together with JFK assassination researcher Bill Kelly, Ed assembled and restored the Air Force One recordings from the day that JFK was assassinated. He also performed a voice identification on Susan Bennett, a voice over actress, and positively identified her as the voice of Apple’s Siri.

When he isn’t using his expertise as a forensic investigator, Ed enjoys playing the drums and piano with his friends, the art of numismatics (the study and collection of currency), and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Not only is he a vegetarian, but he is also an avid juicer.


Edward Primeau is a Registered Investigator and Certified Forensic Consultant with the American College Forensic Examiners Institute, a member of the International Association For Identification and Audio Engineering Society. He is also a member of the American Board of Recorded Evidence. Ed’s complete CV is available by following this link