I am asking you to perform a gedanken experiment. A gedanken experiment is a though exercise, wherein you create a situation in your imagination and let the situation play out. In this case, I would like you to imagine the circumstances surrounding a crime. It stands to reason that the perpetrator/s don’t want to be caught, and as such will use their knowledge of forensic science to destroy or hide evidence. This practice is called counter forensics.
Select a crime for your gedanken experiment
What is the crime?
Where did it happen?
Who perpetrated the crime?
Who was the victim?
Carefully consider how the perpetrator/s would attempt to mislead investigators
How can they hide, destroy, or plant evidence?
Is the counter forensic technique reasonable? (No one can use a genii to hide blood evidence….yet.)
Select 5 examples of counter forensic techniques
For each of these examples, consider what evidence we could still detect
Perhaps the counter forensic technique created a new piece of evidence unintentionally
Research each of your counter forensic/forensic pairs
Would we still be able to recover evidence in spite of the counter forensics?
Have any research studies been done on this possibility?
Share the findings of your gedanken experiment
Briefly describe the circumstances surrounding your selected crime
Clearly state the counter forensic techniques the criminal/s used, and the associated evidence we could still utilize
Reference your research material to provide foundation to your claims.