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Diving Into The Criminalistic Mind

It is through the science within forensics that we are able to identify the reasoning behind crimes and why they are committed. Loosely delving into the brain and the meanings of why we do what we do and if we are in our right state of mind when committing such heinous crimes otherwise known as the Actus Reus and Mens Rea. The mens rea (criminal intent) is at fault for giving people the impression that they are in control of the situation as they act-out fully in the headset that they have done no wrong. On the other hand, the actus reus shows that no matter how smart we are, we all have impulses and react to certain things which can trigger our minds into responding in concerning ways due to emotions that would not be evoked under other circumstances. The ins and outs of a crime scene, however, are very well crafted. There are teams under other teams in the forensics. This furthers the intricacy of solving a murder, as there are multiple perspectives undertaken by people who are specifically trained in certain fields such as CSI's or crime scene investigators. Evaluating evidence is a key factor to solving any crime as it is through looking at interlocking forces through analysis and fibres that we are able to find a contributory factor as to why the crime occurred. Key people such as Edmond Located who is referred to as being the godfather of forensic science is a person to which forensic scientists look to when solving a problem or re-evaluating evidence through the method of trace evidence, stating every contact leaves a trace which can make it easier to find the person at fault. Suspicious minds are often weary of the police and the technical side to solving cases such as the infamous case of Jane Doe. An example of this is the death of Samantha Sheppard, and how her wrongfully convicted husband got released in 1954. Often we blame lack of thorough evidencing and policing in general as the reason that can lead to innocent people being sent to prison. Through acts such as the 2001 study into how much police themselves look at forensic science and the evidence found can help in convicting the right person as it is due to lack of evidence that criminals walk free. It was through looking at blood spatter such as that of the godfather of forensics who decided it was down to the forceful hit and main artery cut that lead to her wrongful death. The blood spatter however didn't sync with that of a left handed person, although the husband was left handed, leading us to assume that the attack was rather sudden and appeared to have not been clearly thought out, almost as if it was adrenaline driven, and not an act of intent. She appeared to have trusted the person enough to let them in and have a glass of wine but the killer is still at large. Unfortunately many cold cases remain unsolved due to time as there might not be as much new evidence from the body, or people around the scene at the time. I tried to contact the police to comment on this but was unable to get through. Perhaps we can all help the police and the people involved in solving a case by being aware of what's going on around us and looking out for warning signs around certain people in their behaviour and the way they act: often through wanting or taking control of situations. Many think that a killer is made by theories such as the signs someone may turn into a serial killer, or killing in general such as harming people or animals seen in the Macdonald Triad indicating three signs or warnings that someone may grow to be a killer. This mainly stems from childhood trauma, and to an extreme, may even be right. In the end what we can observe is that a criminal is that person whose life decisions ultimately leave them in question of their choices, leading to their conviction and influencing their moral compass as a human being. Alternatively, it should be through good merit that people come forward to the authorities on things like leads and publicity via the media. The media can vastly affect the outcome of a case because of its widespread influence. However, this can come as detrimental to the case itself as the media, although impactful, finding leads and being accredited to the police can make the public panic, and cause them to doubt the institutions that are supposed to protect them. It is through interviews and information the police themselves give that we are put at rest knowing that justice is being sought for the family of the victim. The CJS or criminal justice system is what helps police put crimes to bed seeing that every lead is followed.

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