CSI: Lubbock – Day 2

Our 2nd (and last) day of the CSI: Lubbock workshop was full of murder mystery fun.  We put all our previous days skills to the test by investigating a real-like crime scene!

We started by visiting the scene of the crime in the Old Assembly room at the Museum….

Marking the location of the crime

Caution: crime scene area

What happened here?

Table of evidence

How far is it from marker 6 to 7?

Photographing evidence

Outline of the body (and blood!)

Mapping the crime scene

Measuring the distance between pieces of evidence

Marking the evidence bags

Being an investigator even requires going through the trash...

Hm, any evidence in there?

Placing the evidence in its proper bag

Keep it contained...

Map of the crime scene

We then used fluorescent latent print powder to dust for fingerprints around the crime scene.

Looking for fingerprints on the door knob

Dusting the back of the chair

UV light reveals where prints were left behind!

Any prints on the garbage can?

Next, we headed back to the “Crime Lab” to prepare for a visit from our suspects. Students were asked to make a list of the questions they wanted to ask the 4 crime suspects.

What are you going to ask the suspects?

Do any of our suspects have alibis?

Working together to come up with some juicy questions

Where were you on the night of June 15?

Yesterday Brittany taught us how to use electromagnetic sheets to lift footprints from the ground that may be unseen by the naked eye. We returned to the scene of the crime to see if any were left behind.

Lifting footprints from the crime scene

Charging up the electromagnetic sheet

Do you see any footprints?

We returned to the Crime Lab to prepare for interrogation of our suspects…

Questioning Mike Wesley, suspect #1

Caroline McDonald, recently moved to Lubbock from Missouri...

Paige, suspect #3

Examining fabric fiber evidence

Is that cotton, nylon, or wool?

Using the methods for dusting for prints we learned yesterday, we opened our evidence bags and dusted the objects for any latent prints.

Dusting a piece of evidence for fingerprints

Dusting the murder weapon, the baseball bat, for prints

A drinking cup from the crime scene

Can you find the murderers prints?

Comparing the suspects' fingerprints to those found at the crime scene

Matching footprints from the suspects to those at the crime

Can you find the points of identification?

Matching up all the evidence

By piecing together all the evidence, the class was able to determine who was the murderer!

At the crime lab we learned that Caroline was the murderer!

We finished up the day by playing a game of Clue!

Ms. Scarlet, in the ballroom, with the knife?

Mr. Plum, in the kitchen, with the revolver?

We learned so many cool, new crime solving techniques at CSI camp! Fingerprinting, hand writing analysis, fabric fiber identification, footprint lifting, and solving a murder were all exciting aspects of this 2-day workshop! We hope all the kids had fun, and that some are now inspired to become forensic scientists 🙂

Questions about Kids Programs at the Museum of TTU?

Contact the Education Division:
806.742.2432
museum.education@ttu.edu

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