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For full points, address the key concepts, make specific comments on the example in the case study, and add your own insightful comments. Your response also needs to include factual support from the assigned reading. Pages 43-53.

Review the Case Study and the information on investigating crime scenes in the chapter. Then explain how evidence obtained at a crime scene is crucial to a successful case.

Lillian Oetting (1960)

Three Chicago socialites were murdered in Starved Rock State Park, Illinois. All three women had fractured skulls. Their bodies, bound with twine, were found in a cave. Near the bodies of the women, a bloodied tree limb was found and considered to be the murder weapon. Because all three women had been staying at a nearby lodge, the staff of the lodge was questioned. Chester Weger, a 21-year-old dishwasher at the lodge, was asked about a blood stain on his coat. He said it was animal blood. He agreed to take a lie detector test and passed it. He was requestioned and took a second lie detector test and passed it as well. The blood was examined by the state crime lab and found to be animal blood as Weger had indicated at question- ing. The case reached a dead end. Investigators decided to revisit the evidence. The rope used to bind the women was examined more carefully. It was found to be 20-stranded twine sold only at Starved Rock State Park. Identical twine was found in an area accessible to Weger. He again became a prime suspect. The blood on his coat was reexamined by the FBI Crime Lab and found to be human and compatible with the blood of one of the victims. Weger submitted to another lie detector test and failed it. Weger was found guilty for the murder of one of the women, Lillian Oetting, and has spent more than 45 years in prison. He recently petitioned the Governor of Illinois for clemency, saying he was beaten and tortured into making the confession. He still maintains his innocence.

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The evidence gathered at the crime scenes is very effective to the success of a case. The
evidence provides important leads on the offender and can be used in identification of crime
perpetrator. As a result, evidence obtained from a crime scene should be handled with extra care
to avoid contamination that can make the evidence defective for use in the case. Evidence such
as presence of hair strands, blood stains, nature of skull and other body parts, as well as the
surrounding are very...

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