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Even the greatest crime investigator in history relied on the only true witnessevidenceto solve a crime Although fictitious Sherlock Holmes techniques of acute observation and logical application of detail underlay the basis of solving any crime Those skills added to todays growing technology allow police efforts to successfully conduct an investigationSince evidence is stable and will not change its story once in front of the jury or forget what it saw those who collect analyze and interpret the crime scene play very important role Forensic science is science applied to answering legal questions Under the rules of forensics evidence is broken down into four categoriesTESTIMONYstatements from witnesses under oathDIRECT EVIDENCEeyewitnesss accountsCIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCEinformation that may disprove or prove a pointREALPHYSICAL EVIDENCEany tangible article etc fingerprints weapons bloodIt is the accumulation of all the above evidence types that weigh down the case at hand Physical evidence is attained through forensic analysis and is most useful in cases involving homicide or foul playWhen the call comes into the dispatcher at the police department notifying the police that there may be a murder an officer arrives on the scene to preserve the crime scene and control the situation until the Homicidal unit arrives Once the expert detectives arrive there is an assessment of tiny details to large details that were noted about the crime scene Examples of the more obvious noted details are like whether or not the lights are on or if the doors are open or closed and location of furniture as well as bodyThe rest of the process is handled by various individuals with a certain area of specialty Once of the most crucial facts to determine is time of death Along with witness accounts and such postmortem after-death changes are the most accurateBecause of the known fact that when we breathe oxygen comes into lungs and is circulated through our system by passage of blood cells Since every system shuts down up on death bacteria
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