For this task, you will submit a detailed description of a fictions crime and focus on the crime scene. Be sure to conduct research to understand crime scenes. For example, if you are planning to profile a serial killer, be sure you have researched crime scenes from serial killers to ensure you are including plausible information.
The information you describe in this assignment may also be used in your final presentation to the FBI (due in Week 8), when you present your profile. You will want to consider that your final project will build upon the information you are describing in your crime scene analysis assignment this week. You must be able to make conclusions that are realistic. Include in your description the following information:
Crime scene details (e.g. bloodstain pattern, finger prints, weapons)
Victim information-remember you are profiling a serial rapist/murder/arsonist so there have been other victims.
Typically, serial killers have three or more victims, serial rapists typically have two or more victims and serial arsonists have set fire to three or more dwellings. If there is no evidence or suspicion of prior victims, then it is less likely to appear to be serial in nature. For this week, focus on just one of the victims, but as you develop your theory you will want to connect information from the other crimes scenes. (You do not need to offer details about the previous or other victims yet, but it is important to demonstrate that you are able to connect the victims, such as similarities in appearance, employment or location.) Include all other pertinent details about the crime scene.
Length: 5-7 pages
References: a minimum of two resources
CRIME SCENE E ANALYSIS 1
Week 3: conduct Crime Scene E Analysis
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CRIME SCENE E ANALYSIS 2
On February 17, 1970, a former Green Beret doctor was found guilty of murdering his
pregnant wife, Colette, and their two small children, Kimberly and Kristen, in their home on Fort
Bragg Army Base. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. As they
swarmed on MacDonald’s family, the hippies screamed, “Acid is groovy, pigs should be
murdered.” In the course of the assault on MacDonald’s family, several people were hurt, but
none of their wounds were life-threatening (Jeffery MacDonald, nd). He was declared not guilty
in a trial conducted by the Army, but he was ultimately found guilty in a federal trial held in
The defense that MacDonald presented was complex, but in the end, the facts
demonstrated that he was guilty. The following matters are the primary foci of the investigation:
The torn and bloody blue pajama top belonging to Jeffrey MacDonald was found on top of
Colette MacDonald’s body after the murder. A club that has been covered in blood.
Both a knife for the backyard and a knife for the bedroom were discovered; the knife for the
backyard was discovered in a garbage can. A tangled mess of sheets As well as a pickaxe
Jeffrey MacDonald stated that the 48 ice pick holes in his pajamas were the result of a
skirmish with an ice pick-wielding assailant; nevertheless, he did not sustain any injuries during
the course of the attack. The pajama top was located on Colette’s chest after 21 probes were
simultaneously inserted into the 48 ice pick holes of the pajama top, and the right sleeve was
folded inside out to facilitate the process. A later forensic investigation, on the other hand, found
that the pajama top’s 48 ice pick holes were cylindrical and smooth, which suggests that the
garment was not moving when the holes were cut into it. Additionally, his pajama top was
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discovered on the club, in addition to fibers from a throw rug on which it had landed, as well as
MacDonald’s pocket, which was discovered on the throw rug.
The jury was also told that MacDonald initially put Colette’s pajama top on in order to
explain why his clothing had Colette’s blood type on it. This information was given to the jury as
part of their investigation. After inflicting the fatal knife wounds on his wife, MacDonald
proceeded to portray the existence of multiple attackers who inflicted ritualistic wounds by
stabbing his wife with an ice pick through the top of his pajama top. This was done so that it
appeared as though there were multiple people inflicting the wounds. It was later discovered that
the ice pick and steel paring knife had been cleaned on the bath mat from the Hilton, which had
been laid over Colette’s stomach and contained stains from both Kimberley’s and Colette’s blood
groups. This discovery was made after it was discovered that the bath mat had been laid over
Colette’s stomach. MacDonald stated that he protected Colette from getting shocked by wrapping
her in a “towel” and leaving it on her. The towel was covering Colette.
There was no trace of MacDonald’s or anyone else’s hair in Colette’s left hand at any
time. Around a month after the murders, CID operatives discretely picked hairs off of one of
MacDonald’s sweaters and categorized the samples as “known hair of MacDonald.” When the
lab realized that it was horsehair, they expressed their displeasure. Because of this omission, the
government allegedly asserted, incorrectly, that the samples were too small to be tested (as noted
in CID lab notes note R-11 and CID exhibit E-5), but this was a mistake. An FBI Lab Technician
gave testimony in 1974 to a grand jury investigation that he had received new evidence from the
CID that year in a vial identified as part of the debris evidence retrieved from the bloody
bedspread at the crime scene. This testimony was given in reference to the fact that the FBI Lab
Technician had received the evidence in the previous year. This was a significant amount of time
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after the killings had been committed. That’s when MacDonald had the idea of a bloody hair that
looked like Colette’s, which had apparently been found wrapped around a long sewing thread
that had been taken off of her pajama top. He came up with this idea at the same time he came up
with the idea of a bloody hair that looked like Colette’s. According to the government’s
interpretation, this constitutes proof that Jeffrey and Colette were involved in a physical
The term “PIG” in Colette’s blood type appeared to have been scrawled by someone
wearing rubber gloves, yet there were no ridge lines in the letters of the word. This was another
strange occurrence. Further proof of this was discovered in the master bedroom in the form of
latex glove pieces with Colette’s blood type. These fragments were discovered on the floor and in
a pile of bedding. On the kitchen floor was MacDonald’s blood type, and the gloves were found
in a cabinet. The gloves were disposable surgical latex gloves (Woolverton, 2020). The example
gloves and the glove fragments both contained the same trace components that were discovered.
A thread from a MacDonald pajama top had been used to scribble the word “PIG” on the floor
beneath the headboard.
Helena Stoeckley was the second witness that the defense called in order to support
MacDonald’s account. By relying on the testimony of third parties to whom Stoeckley had made
conflicting assertions throughout the years, the defense had intended to get Stoeckley’s various
admissions admitted as a starting point. This would have been accomplished by using the
testimony of third parties. According to the judge presiding over the trial, exceptions to the
hearsay rule contained within the Federal Rules of Evidence are inadmissible unless there are
clear indicators that the statement can be trusted.
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In addition, the fact that MacDonald’s footprint was found in Colette’s blood type after
she left Kristen’s room might be rationalized by the following possible sequence of events: After
MacDonald had hit Colette and knocked her out in Kristen’s room, he grabbed the bedding from
the master bedroom while still wearing the shredded pajama top that was stained with Colette’s
blood type. He did this while he was still wearing the pajama top. He uses the bedspread to drape
over Colette’s body and then sets it on the floor so that it is not exposed to any of the blood. It
absorbed a significant quantity of Colette’s blood, in addition to the thread from her nightgown
top that had been tangled in her hair.
After coming into contact with the sleeves of Jeffrey’s pajamas, the sheet took on the
fabric perceptions that were present in Colette’s blood. These perceptions were then transferred
to the sheet. During this process, MacDonald’s bare foot was covered in Colette’s blood, most
likely because the blood was transferred from the bedspread. Then, MacDonald started to follow
the blood out of Kristen’s room so that he might find her (Woolverton, 2020). The majority of the
thread that had been pulled from Colette’s pajama top when it was originally torn was found on a
shag rug in his master bedroom. Before his body was buried, the shag rug containing Colette’s
remains was placed there. It would appear that MacDonald left the footprint when he took
Colette’s body from Kristen’s room. The footprint was bloody.
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Because of this, the defense maintained that the crime scene contained unidentifiable
fingerprints, unmatched fibers, and candle drippings, all of which might be used to indicate the
presence of intruders at the site of the crime. As a consequence of this, MacDonald’s intruder
defense was not accepted by the jury since there was evidence that he had tampered with
evidence at the crime scene. This evidence included a bloody footprint, a blood-stained pajama
top, puncture wounds that matched the pattern of Colette’s ice pick wound, fibers from her
pajama top located around the club, and fabric impressions on the bed sheet. After deliberating
for six and a half hours, the jury reached a verdict of guilty on all charges of second-degree
murder against Jeffrey in connection with the deaths of Colette, Kimberley, and Kristen. He was
immediately given a sentence of three years in prison, all of which must be spent consecutively.
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Jeffery MacDonald- The Crime Scene. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Woolverton, P. (2020, February 17). Jeffrey MacDonald case intrigues 50 years later.
Retrieved from https://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20200217/jeffrey-macdonald-case-
- PSY-6507 V3: criminal profiling
Dr. Matthew Greyer
August 7, 2022