A detective is called to a crime scene, where the female victim is in the kitchen and has been stabbed 13 times. The officer notices the following:
1. The room is in turmoil.
2. The family is not at home.
3. When the family is questioned, it is noted that nothing is missing.
4. There is not any evidence of breaking and entering.
5. The victim has a knife next to her hand. The knife holder is on the kitchen counter next to the victim.
6. There was a gun in a drawer 10 feet from the victim. It was loaded with one bullet in the chamber.
7. The victim is 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds, and has well-developed muscles.
8. The coroner tells you that her fingernails were broken, and there were bruises on her upper arms.
What would you say happened to this victim? What are some options for this scenario? What evidence do you do look at as the investigator?
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This is one of my more favorite papers because this is entirely up to you on how you proceed. Have some type of outline to guide the reader here but have fun with this activity. Explore what you know about merging crime scene characteristics and the psychology of crime. I will have a few new resources here but what you had from last week is very applicable here this week. What I did with the packet is provide two resources on domestic violence and two on homicide in relation to gender issues. I have an article that rather “solves” this for you but I find that when I use it, it makes this assignment less fun. However, the four resources I provided to you this week all address points that you can pull from to lend support to your argument.

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Over the years, domestic violence has been a subject that has brought a concern to many involved parties of the society due to the effect it has on most of them. The majority of these assaults are between married couples. However, it has been proven that a huge percentage of the victims are female. Many male counterparts are known for their bullying nature and the need for dominance in the society as well as homes. Attacks on female victims have been on the rise since time in memorial. According to statistic, many men are indicted due to violence towards women as compared to the opposite (Smith & Brewer, 1992).
In this case study, we are presented with a crime scene where a woman is found dead after being stabbed thirteen times. By the look of things, suicide is ruled out as the cause of death because of the evident struggling between the victim and her attacker. The thirteen stab wounds, injuries on her upper arms and the fact that the house was in a mess meaning there was some fighting also helps in ruling out suicide as the course of death. According to the evidence, the victim seems to have struggled with a person known to her. This is because there were no signs of forced entry to the victim’s house, and nothing was stolen according to other family members. The thirteen stab wounds on the victim show that the murderer had a lot of anger, rage and emotions towards the victim....
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