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Whodunnit? Forensic Science Students Solve a Murder for their Final

Sarah Spence

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There’s blood everywhere. It’s smeared on a stapler, dripped on broken glass, splattered on a pencil that was supposedly jabbed into the victim’s neck, and tracked across the room by a set of footprints. However, what is most evident is the body slumped in a chair in the computer lab.

Do not freak out! There isn’t a criminal on the loose.

The forensic science class at Parkview has to solve this very staged, very fake murder for their final, by using what they learned in class.

“We had two teachers volunteer to play dead murdered victim,” said Gloria Gammel, the forensics teacher at Parkview, who doubles as the prosecuting attorney for the case, “The class went in and studied the crime scene and collected evidence.”

The class suspects eight different people at Parkview, and is narrowing down the list.

“We’re doing blood scene analysis where we check blood types and we have to match the fingerprints of the suspects to the fingerprints found at the crime scene,” said Brandy Bumgarner, a student/forensic scientist in the class, “We also have to go and get the stride lengths of the suspects and check their shoes sizes and the tracks on the bottom of their shoes.”

After they determine their prime suspect, the students will generate a request for an arrest warrant and submit it to Gammel, acting as the prosecutor, to catch the culprit.

“We will be going to arrest the suspect the last day of class in the semester,” said Gammel, “If that person is guilty then that will be determined by an interview.”

If you aspire to solve crimes like this one and want to take forensic science, you need to be a junior or senior who has taken physics first and biology, earned an A, B or C in your previous science class, and acquired a teacher recommendation.

Bloody footprints are tracked through the computer lab at the scene of the crime. Pieces of evidence like this one have helped students in forensic science to narrow down their list of suspects in the school.

Bloody footprints are tracked through the computer lab at the scene of the crime. Pieces of evidence like this one have helped students in forensic science to narrow down their list of suspects in the school.

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