Weapons Murder Presentation + Quiz ~ 83 Slides ~ Guns Knives Blunt Force Instruments, ET AL
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Below are excerpts from the presentation. The presentation covers just about every murder weapon. It is highly visual with accompanying text throughout. Actual cases, crime scenes, forensic testing and verdicts are also included. There is also a 20 point multiple choice quiz at the end with an answer key.
I am a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
~Guns are listed as the Number 1 murder weapon in America by the FBI. Tables of its statistics are at the end of this presentation.
~Handguns lead followed distantly by shotguns and then rifles.
~Gun proponents dispute the FBI’s figures and their arguments are posted online. Any search of guns online will bring up a list of their articles. They assert that knives should be in No. 1 position.
~Guns leave important evidence potentially and cases against the accused can be made or lost based on the gun and its ammunition as evidence, along with expert witness testimony.
~Sometimes the gun is never found which will hinder the investigation. If the gun is found, then many expert forensic tests can be performed.
~Crime Scene & Guns: at a minimum, collection of bullet casings, exploration of bullet holes, detection of spatter patterns, and hunting for dropped weapon (may be nearby such as in dumpster).
The accused sometimes wounds himself when using a knife as a weapon. Here are the wounds which could be damaging evidence:
~the knife can stop abruptly if it hits bone. The assailant's hand slides forward, with the hand gripping the knife sliding across the blade. This results in a wounded palm.
~the accused may stab himself on the back of his hand if he stabs at the victim with one hand and tries to restrain the victim with his other hand.
~if the knife is deeply lodged in the victim, the accused may have cut himself as he pulled the knife out of the victim. The blade comes in contact with his palm or fingers while he is pulling out the knife
~sloppy knife work, such as glancing blows, being unprepared for defensive maneuvers and outright misses can end up in the accused’s being stabbed. Once the knife is in momentum, its trajectory takes on a life of its own and stabs him instead.
~all of the above generally presupposes someone who has not been trained in hand to hand combat with a knife. It would be unlikely for someone who had such training to make such mistakes.