FSU Criminology Students Compete In Mock Crime Scene On Campus

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

Dozens of Florida State students were put to the test Tuesday.

Members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a criminology fraternity, had to find out who killed Patty - in a mock investigation.

"They need to interview people as witnesses and find the knife, take measurements, create a story as to what happened to me," said Patty Hamilton.

Students Patty and Seth Scott are a part of FSU's Underwater Crime Scene Investigations program based in Panama City. This mock crime held at the Tallahassee campus was a stabbing, but since the victim was dumped in the Westcott fountain, water had an impact.

"It can basically ruin evidence, so whether that be a body or it be a weapon, anything," Scott said.

"Sometimes we'll keep fingerprints and other little things so it can help the crime scene, it can also hurt the crime scene," Hamilton said.

Several groups of students competed on a race against time to find the suspect of this crime.

Professor Michael Zinszer oversaw the demonstration.

"It's a lot of fun. I think the students are having a good time, I'm having a good time and like I said they're coming up with the right questions so they can get the correct answers," Zinszer said.

The professor says the most important take away for students was to learn critical thinking skills in solving a crime.

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