Teacher’s questions for Cool jobs: Crime scene investigators
1. What is evidence? How can evidence prove a crime suspect’s guilt — or innocence?
- Define “forensics.”
- Name two ways television shows can give a false view of the work of forensic investigators.
- How do forensic investigators provide context to the evidence they collect?
- Explain how the weather can affect the work of forensic investigators.
- What is a person’s “genetic fingerprint?”
- Why would investigators look for a suspect’s DNA under a victim’s fingernails?
- What is PCR?
- What two DNA myths does Kendall Stoner dismiss?
- Name two things you can learn about victims from their bones.
- Why would bodies decompose more slowly in cold weather?
- What does William Bass call “nature’s little helpers?” Why?
- If you could follow in the footsteps of one of these three experts, whom would you choose? Why?
- Is there such a thing as a crime with no evidence? Explain your answer.
- Some people say large DNA databases are useful in investigating crimes. Would you want your genetic fingerprint included in such a database? Why or why not?