Running head: CRIME SCENE REPORT 1
CRIME SCENE REPORT 2
Report from Crime Scene-Living Room
Report from Crime Scene-Living Room
Crime scenes are important to any given case simply because they provide the required evidence, and therefore, enable the interested parties to understand the circumstances surrounding the crime. In this sense, there are a number of significant aspects that must be considered in order to make the collected evidence useful and relevant in a court of law. For this report, the crime scene is a living room in which two bodies are found. This report considers the continuity of the scene and evidence/collected evidence, the weather conditions/conditions of the room, the team who was involved, what roles they had, the health and safety measures taken, the forensic strategy (priority of tasks), and the exhibits (evidence) recovered.
Continuity of the Scene and Evidence/Collected Evidence
At the crime scene, the evidence collected included two knives which were believed to have been the probable murder weapons, the bottle of vodka, the bodies, blood samples from all over the room, and the prints that were on the table. The Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) specialists who were present at the crime scene assisted in the bagging of the evidence after they had been spotted, identified, and photographed. The collected evidence was then taken to the laboratory for analysis.
At the laboratory, the bodies will be analysed to recognise the cause of death, blood composition, and to confirm their time of death as well. The importance of establishing the cause of death is so that the murder weapon can be labelled without any doubts. The time of death will help in the reconstruction of the crime scene to establish what really happened there. The blood composition on the other hand is notable in understanding whether the murder victims were intoxicated or poisoned at their time of death. This aspect is also important in the reconstruction of the crime scene.
In addition, the bottle of vodka will be dusted for finger prints to establish if the victims had had company, and to clarify who this company might have been by running the prints through a database. The knives will be dusted for prints as well, and the blood on them tested for the DNA samples. The other blood samples collected will also be tested for DNA in a bid to establish the role of the knives in the whole incident. The crime scene in this case had so many items that needed to be dusted for prints, including the three glasses, and the cans of Strongbow, the door handle, the table, as well as the knives. To ensure the aforementioned actions, black fingerprint powder was made available by the crime scene manager.
Figure 1. The powder used for fingerprints
Weather Conditions /Conditions of the Rooms
The scene of the crime was the living room. At the time of entering this crime scene, the window and the door leading into the room were both open. The lights were all switched off, and the clocks were reading the wrong time. The weather on the other hand was quite windy outside, forcing us to shut the windows to avoid the draught from interfering with the scene.
The Team: Who Was Involved, What Roles Did They Have
The members involved in this crime scene were Hannah, Magda, Dr. Christopher Rodgers and the CSIs. Magda and Hannah were the ones in charge of photography and they took pictures of the scene. Hannah also drew the scene. Dr. Rodgers was the pathologist who examined the bodies and established the victims time of death. The CSIs on the other hand were responsible for tagging and bagging the evidence to be transported to the laboratory for analysis. All these personnel involved wore personal protective equipment to avoid corrupting the crime and in addition, protect themselves. Moreover, stepping plates were placed around the crime scene to prevent the investigating team from stepping on and destroying pieces of evidence.
Figure 2. The CSIs at work
Health and Safety
With regard to health and safety, the personnel at the crime scene were reminded to follow all required crime scene precautions, especially when handling the knives. What is more, they were required to wear protective gear such as gloves, masks and shoe covers to avoid direct exposure to the blood that was on the scene.
Forensic Strategy (Priority of Tasks)
The forensic strategy for this particular crime scene involved four major issues, and thus highly prioritized tasks. The first one was to photograph the scene, then getting the CSIs and the crime scene manager to come in. After those actions, the pathologist had to be brought in as well, and then the CSIs could bag the evidence for transportation to the laboratory. The last task and possibly the only medium priority task here was to draw the scene, and it was accomplished by Hannah. All other tasks were high priority for this investigation.
Exhibits (Evidence) Recovered
From the crime scene, the evidence collected included two knives, which were believed to have been the probable murder weapons, the bottle of vodka, blood samples from all over the room, and the prints that were on the table.
Looking at this crime scene, it is evident that the victims were injured and eventually killed by someone who was familiar to them. The presence of those drinking glasses suggests a socialisation that may have occurred before the crime. The personnel at the crime scene tooled up all necessary precautions to protect themselves from risky exposure and the evidence from compromise. Also, the pathologist was allowed to examine the body before it was moved just as the photographer took pictures of the scene before anything was touched by any other member of the team.
Other Photographs from the Crime Scene