Nutshell crime scenes have been around to teach investigators how to spot important details in crime scenes since the 1940s. NMU is fortunate enough to have a few nutshells in the criminal justice department to use in criminal investigation classes. The purpose of these models is to train the eye on how to observe a scene and understand the evidence that investigators are looking at. For my project, I researched a closed justifiable homicide case that took place in the Upper Peninsula. I was able to read the police and lab reports as well as interview an evidence technician who worked the case. The purpose of my research was to form a presentation to be used as a teaching tool in future criminal justice classes to go along with the nutshell model that was developed with this project. This presentation will go through the case that I researched and also explain why teaching with nutshells is important in the field of criminal justice.

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Criminal Justice

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Christopher MacMaster

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