The final project for this course is an analysis of a crime scene investigation that was conducted concerning the death of JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado. The purpose of the Crime Scene Investigation Management Analysis is for you to apply and demonstrate the learning achieved in the course by analyzing the work done by crime scene investigators. Determine what could and/or should have been done better and acknowledge what was done well. For this assignment, you will take on the role of an experienced and highly regarded investigator who has been called upon to present a Crime Scene Management and Investigation class at the police academy.
The body of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of the family home on December 26, 1996. The murder and subsequent investigation remain mired in controversy. One arrest was made in the case when a known pedophile confessed to the crime. All charges against him were subsequently dismissed. The case remains unsolved.
On the morning of December 26, 1996, the mother of JonBenet Ramsey found a ransom note on a stairway in the family home in Boulder, Colorado. The handwritten note stated JonBenet had been kidnapped and demanded a ransom. After telephoning close friends, notification was made to the Boulder Police Department. Upon arrival, responding officers found the family and several family friends inside the home. The ransom note was reviewed and officers and family anticipated a telephone call from the kidnappers. A detective was summoned and arrived to oversee the investigation. When no call had been received from the kidnappers after a few hours, a police officer and JonBenet’s father began to search the home. JonBenet’s body was found in a locked storage room in the basement.
Prior to completing this assignment, review Chapter 6 (Dutelle, 2016), the required resources for this week, and any other resources that will aid you in conducting an analysis of the management and investigation of the crime scene of the death of JonBenet Ramsey. The following elements must be included:
Explain how to process and retrieve trace evidence. Summarize what trace evidence was collected at the scene and what trace evidence might have been altered or destroyed due to crime scene management issues.
Evaluate the accepted methodologies employed in contemporary crime scene management relative to how these methodologies were or were not adhered to in this case and the impact that they had on the investigation and make recommendations based on that evaluation that could have been applied to this case.
Analyze how the management techniques utilized and not utilized at the crime scene impacted judicial expectations and requirements relative to the admittance of evidence collected by forensic crime scene investigators.
Evaluate at least one specialized method used in the investigation and describe the methodology used and its impact on the investigation.
Examine judicial expectations and requirements relative to the admittance of evidence collected by forensic crime scene investigators.
Analyze how the management of the crime scene impacts the potential admissibility of forensic crime scene evidence in any potential criminal proceedings in this case.
Analyze whether the methods used to retrieve and process the evidence would meet the standard for admissibility in court today.
The Crime Scene Investigation Management Analysis:
Must be 10 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of project
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Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
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In the history of crime scene investigations, the handling of the JonBenet case is one of the most infamous cases for the forensic scientists. Issues ranging from inefficient crime-scene management methods to insufficient application of forensic science techniques are cited when describing the conduct of the investigators. This paper will attempt to elucidate on what ensued while offering critical insights into the effects of the disorganization to the admissibility of the evidence collected from the crime scene.
Procession and retrieval of trace evidence
According to Dutelle (2016), the procession and recovery of trace evidence usually deal with the collection of all forms of matter, whether manufactured or natural, mainly essentially tiny materials. However, trace evidence, according to the author, might also appear in the shape of more substantial forms of matter. Just like other crime scenes, the investigators collected trace evidence in the JonBenet murder case. According to Pherson Associates, LLC (2012), the police found numerous types of trace evidence. For example, they found a spider web just outside the window-well grate. In addition to this, the investigators found two footprints, which did not resemble each other, in the wine cellar, one on a suitcase, and the other near JonBenet’s body. Additionally, the police collected a pubic hair on the blanket used to wrap the victim’s body. What is more, the investigators found a rope unknown to the residence on the bed of the guest room located near the victim’s bedroom.
Furthermore, Pherson Associates, LLC (2012) claims that the forensic scientists found the other part of the paintbrush used in perpetrating the crime in the art supplies belonging to Patsy Ramsey. As if not enough, the police found a palm print on the wine cellar door in addition to physical marks on the victim’s body. Other trace evidence found at the crime scene included a red ink heart drawn on JonBenet's left hand, urine stains, green Christmas garland, a white cord tied around the victim’s neck. While this is the case, the investigators did not follow the appropriate crime scene management processes and methods. As a result, it is highly possible that the investigators altered or even destroyed some core trace evidence. According to Behm (2015), the crime scene technician walked around the scene while dusting of fingerprints, which was indeed an appropriate plan of action.
While this is the case, the Behm (2015) claims that one of the investigators trailed closely with a spray cleaner as well a cloth in an attempt to make the crime scene neat. This was detrimental as it potentially erased off trace evidence such as fingerprints and footprints, hairs, fibers, soil, and paint chips. In addition to this, the police allowed JonBenet’s family and friends into the crime scene (Behm, 2015). This was also heinous as it meant trace evidence such as finger and footprints were contaminated. For example, with people allowed into the scene, it was possible that...
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