Criminology Seminar Series
(Not) Getting Away with Murder
Date: Wed 20th Sep 2017 11:15am-12:15pm
Location: Education Lecture Theatre 1 (Room 133)
Crime scene staging involves an offender deliberately altering evidence at a crime scene in order to mislead investigators and avoid detection. This seminar will present findings from several empirical studies carried out over the last 10 years. A number of interesting case examples will be used to illustrate the common elements of crime scene staging perpetrated by murderers in Australia, Canada and the USA. Features common to homicides staged to appear as home invasions, car accidents, and suicides will be discussed to examine how offenders attempt to get away with murder. Finally, increasing levels of forensic awareness by offenders, theoretical explanations for these increased levels, and the impact this type of awareness has on investigating and prosecuting murderers will be addressed.
Dr. Claire Ferguson’s research surrounds homicide investigation and offender’s use of investigative counter measures. Her studies examine crime scene staging and forensic awareness behaviours employed by offenders to try to get away with killing people. Her forensic case work involves assisting with death investigations to determine whether deaths are accidents, suicides or homicides.