Short of investigating an actual homicide, participating in a virtual death investigation is perhaps the most effective way to acquire a deeper understanding of how investigators gather information and solve cases. In this course, you will participate in an interactive virtual homicide investigation. The crime scene simulation is located in the Course Modules area. As you progress through the investigation, you will conduct interviews and examine case files, an autopsy report, death scene photographs, and forensic reports. Your goal is to solve the case and to gather sufficient credible evidence to convince the prosecutor to issue an indictment for the perpetrator.
Work the case carefully and take your time. Once you have successfully attained the indictment, write a final report that will serve as the basis for your arrest warrant of the suspect. In your report, be sure to identify the important forensic concepts, techniques, and practices from the required readings that are exemplified, illustrated, or demonstrated in the case investigation. The final paragraph of the report should reflect or discuss how your original investigative plan in project 1 “Management Plan” was different (or not) from the steps you actually took during the investigation (3-4 sentences). Everything you received in information should be summarized in your report. You should hit all of the following subjects:
- Summary of Homicide
- Summary of Armed Robbery
- Summary of Witness/Suspect Statements
- Forensic Reports
- Determination of Facts
DO NOT ASSUME I (or your reader) know anything. Your true reader is the judge or commissioner who will issue the warrant. They know nothing about your case. You must convince them to issue a warrant.
The report should be organized in a logical manner and written with professional language with the following requirements:
- Between 6 and 8 pages in length.
- Business letter or memorandum format.
- Double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, indented paragraphs, appropriate headers.
- First person, past tense, active voice.
This assignment will help you to understand the scientific and investigative methods applied in homicide investigation. It will also give you a sense of how the various elements of investigation come together to help solve a case. Your grade on this paper will make up 30 percent of your final course grade: 5 percent for the case management plan and 25 percent for the arrest warrant report.
Your completion of the online crime scene simulation will not submit a report to me. You need to write the report based on the evidence collected, the interviews conducted, and your understanding of the case. Make sure to identify your suspect and to provide all the information needed to obtain an arrest warrant.