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Crime Scene University

4.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Ever want to solve a murder? Then enroll in Crime Scene University where Penn State University students learn how to unmask a killer in the classroom and in the field through violent crime scenarios that would challenge the most experienced investigators. From studying blood spatter patterns to using electrostatic printing to locate footprints, students work in two teams to recreate the most brutal and intriguing crimes you can imagine. Master of the House: Teams enter a home with a history of domestic abuse, finding the husband dead on the floor. Students must piece this crime together using techniques taught by their teacher, Dr. Shaler, but clashing personalities could interfere with the investigation. Drugs and Dirty Deals: Students are faced with their first double-victim crime scene. They use oblique lighting and electrostatic printing to locate footprints, perform drug tests on suspicious substances and examine blood spatter. Road Rage: It's a race against time as students attempt to solve their first outdoor crime scene. Professor Shaler has set up a car accident scene involving two damaged vehicles that have bullet holes. Dismemberment: Dr. Shaler has set up two completely different locations, requiring the teams to work together. The grey team processes an outdoor scene where they locate a severed head and hands in plastic bags while the blue team processes the house where the dismembering took place. Murder / Suicide: Students employ their recent lesson on gunshot residue to identify who may have fired a weapon in a double-victims scenario. Only one team manages to keep it together, while the other destroys one of the most crucial pieces of evidence. Serial Killer Dumpsite: The students are given two areas of the woods to inspect. Upon arrival, students locate bloody knives and decomposing pigs, substituting for human bodies. After the forensic work is done, the true challenge is piecing together what they have learned.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Shaler
  • Producers: Jack E. Smith, Kelly Lueschow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Id Channel
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 264 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026IQTRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crime Scene University" on IMDb

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I purchased this DVD to use in my Forensic Science classroom. I found the DVD to be very informative and educational,along with being fun to watch. The scenes are not gruelsome or vulgar. It's very interesting to watch the teams as they try to solve the six crimes and how their mistakes play into their final outcome. I would highly recommend this as an addition to any Forensic classroom.
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By Dave on September 16, 2012
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I bought this out of curiosity and am not disappointed.
Its about investigating a crime scene where the students are given the task to do a forensic fact finding. As a viewer, you'll be drawn into making your own investigation & comparing your result against theirs.
Its like reading a detective novel & trying to figure out who did it. Along the way , I learnt quite a bit about forensic science which may come in handy( God forbid)should I decide to engage in a brutal assult on my enemy Example: wash all weapons with bleach & the forensic scientist will not be able to find trace of blood.

I would have given a 5 star if only this DVD contains more episodes.
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I am always very interested in the "what, how, and when" and this DVD on examination of (mock) crime scene investigation is thorough and mind-provoking. If you are interested in gong into this field or if you are just interested in what it's all about, give this DVD a chance. I was glad I bought it.
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If you teach any investigative course this would be an ideal video to show in class or to help you plan out mock investigations for your students. This program takes you through investigations by students at Penn State and you'll be able to see group dynamics of investigating crime scenes. It shows how teamwork can help solve a crime or can cause a disaster if there is clashing.
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