*Discovering God's Creation Science 9-12: Forensics-Crime Scene Investigation*

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What is DNA profiling? How does an investigator match a fingerprint? How are bullet casings used to solve crimes? Homeschoolers, explore the fascinating field of forensic science, using real case studies to highlight major areas of study. This homeschooling course provides a comprehensive view of crime scenes, from burglaries to murders.

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:::The Scene of a Crime:::

 

Observation

The yellow tape is up, there are cops everywhere, and maybe even some emergency vehicles. The Captain called the investigator on the phone. "There's been a robbery. How soon can you get there?"

It's very late at night, of course, and he's half asleep. Speaking of robbery, his plans for the rest of the day just disappeared. In any case, there's no need to get overly excited and start flying off in all directions. It's a robbery, for goodness sake! The crime is that somebody has lost something valuable. Now it is his job to find out what happened.

Crime scenes often yield forensic evidence that leads to the apprehension of dangerous criminals. Perhaps just as often, though, potentially valuable evidence is ignored, goes unseen or is destroyed, or is rendered rendered useless by careless behavior at the crime scene. The investigation carried out at the crime scene is one of the most important aspects of any case. It is considered to be the treasure of evidences or as the old saying goes, "The crime scene is the beginning of the long and complex process of investigation."

  How observant are you?  Do you remember what your parent was wearing yesterday, the color of the last car that drove by, or the color of the lady's eyes at the checkout counter? 

The clues that he obtains from the crime scene may be small, but only in their size. Their value in the course of investigation is worth millions. Such pieces of evidence are not easy to come by. The most valuable quality in an investigating forensic scientist is to be calm and observant. Good observation skills help the investigator find every single piece of evidence, from soil to grass and glass, from torn papers to small hairs etc.

Often crime scene investigators work in teams-a photographer, fingerprint specialist, medical examiner or specialist in tissue collection. Between them all nothing goes unnoticed. The one investigator that can do everything himself usually has several unsolved cases, whereas the team effort experts have few if any unsolved cases. The warning to the investigator in training is: The choice is yours. There is evidence at all crime scenes. If you don't know what you are doing, DON'T DO IT!

The power of observation is the best tool that a detective and a forensic scientist have. To observe is to note carefully, paying attention to details. When a detective or evidence technician collects data at a crime scene, observations are very important. Observations include everything from the objects found at the scene of the crime and statements from witnesses, to the time of day the crime took place and the temperature of the room where it occurred. A detective looks for clues, which are real, measurable, countable observations of the crime and the crime scene.

An investigator does not know what data or evidence will eventually prove to be important, so he or she observes everything. At the scene of the crime, the detective and forensic scientist work together to make sure that all possible evidence is collected for later examination. If the evidence is badly handled, wrongly labeled, or allowed to become contaminated, it will be useless in the laboratory and the courts. Worse, if clues are overlooked, the investigator will get no second chance.

Eventually the forensic scientists will use information collected at the crime scene, along with the evidence from the crime lab, to form a hypothesis, or an educated guess, about how the crime was committed and who did it. Forensic scientists, like all scientists, must always keep an open mind during an investigation and look for a hypothesis that could explain the crime.

 

Explore this virtual crime scene.  Can you find all the clues from the scene and solve the mystery?

Investigate and solve this mystery! Follow the instructions on the page to explore the crime scene and solve the crime!

Evidence:  The Silent Witness is a comprehensive site all about forensic science.  Be sure to click on "Fun with Forensics" and explore the "Famous Cases."

View America's Most Wanted.  Click on your state and then click on at least 3 criminals that are still on the loose to explore information about them.  Criminals are real!  What can you do to help keep your community safe?

 

 

Watch this closed circuit television video of a convenience store being robbed.

If the page does not open correctly, try copying the URL in the browser window and then pasting it into a new browser window.

You were a witness to a robbery (the one you just watched in the video).

Your mother took you along to run errands early today. Before returning home, she had to stop at the convenience store for gas. She sent you inside to pay the bill. As you stand in line to pay, you observed the sights on the video you watched at the beginning of this module. Do not look at the video again.

As you approach the counter the clerk is finishing a call to the police. "We've just been robbed!" He nervously tells you . No sooner do you pay the bill than the police arrive. They want to know what you saw while you were standing in line.

1. How many people did you see in the store?

2. Were they men or women, old or young?
What were they doing?

3. Describe the person in line in front of you.  Was he or she wearing a hat? What kind of clothes was the person wearing? Could you tell how tall the person was? Did that person carry anything out of the store?

4. Did you notice anything unusual?

Do not look at the video again.

What does this assignment tell you about your observation skills?  Think about this as you progress to the next lesson. 

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