Arriving at the Scene

Arriving at the scene

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Detective Janet Marlow and her partner Detective John Wilson arrive at the crime scene on a cool autumn morning. The house where the death occurred is sectioned off by police crime scene tape so that no evidence will be disturbed until the forensics experts have finished their job. Detective Wilson is informed by a uniformed police officer that the victim is Robert Hughes, a middle-aged Caucasian male. Foul play is suspected but a motive is yet to be determined. There appears to have been a break-in followed by a struggle inside the house. A preliminary questioning of the neighbours revealed that Hughes was not a discreet man; he was known as much for flaunting his wealth as for his philandering. (Indeed, according to Mrs. Smith, his next-door neighbour, it was only a matter of time before something terrible happened, what with all those women storming in and out of the house like that!). Detective Wilson makes a mental note: the motive could be jealousy . . . a crime of passion . . . he then reminds himself to keep an open mind; he needs to see all the evidence before making any assumptions.

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Detective Janet Marlow and her partner Detective John Wilson arrive at the crime scene on a cool autumn morning. The house where the death occurred is sectioned off by police crime scene tape so that no evidence will be disturbed until the forensics experts have finished their job. Detective Wilson is informed by a uniformed police officer that the victim is Robert Hughes, a middle-aged Caucasian male. Foul play is suspected but a motive is yet to be determined. There appears to have been a break-in followed by a struggle inside the house. A preliminary questioning of the neighbours revealed that Hughes was not a discreet man; he was known as much for flaunting his wealth as for his philandering. (Indeed, according to Mrs. Smith, his next-door neighbour, it was only a matter of time before something terrible happened, what with all those women storming in and out of the house like that!). Detective Wilson makes a mental note: the motive could be jealousy . . . a crime of passion . . . he then reminds himself to keep an open mind; he needs to see all the evidence before making any assumptions.

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1. In the Interactive Investigator Game you are asked to decide what action to take based on each clue you find. As you play, make a list of any clues for which you choose a wrong action. Beside it write down the right answer, and explain why it is the correct answer.

2. At the end of the game, you are presented with two scenarios to choose from that explain what happened and who killed the victim. Make a list of all the evidence that points to each of the two suspects before you make your decision. Were you right?

3. The crime investigation is told in the form of a fictional story, with characters and pictures too. Some elements of the story represent things that are likely to happen in real life while some elements are unlikely to happen in real life. Make a table with two columns and list Fictional and Realistic elements. How many fictional elements can you identify?
1. In the Interactive Investigator Game you are asked to decide what action to take based on each clue you find. As you play, make a list of any clues for which you choose a wrong action. Beside it write down the right answer, and explain why it is the correct answer.

2. At the end of the game, you are presented with two scenarios to choose from that explain what happened and who killed the victim. Make a list of all the evidence that points to each of the two suspects before you make your decision. Were you right?

3. The crime investigation is told in the form of a fictional story, with characters and pictures too. Some elements of the story represent things that are likely to happen in real life while some elements are unlikely to happen in real life. Make a table with two columns and list Fictional and Realistic elements. How many fictional elements can you identify?

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Develop enthusiasm and continuing interest in the study of science
  • Identify everyday situations and work-related contexts in which analysis of unknown substances is important
  • Practise skills in critical thinking, problem solving and decision making

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