The fifth annual UW–Platteville Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event will take place at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House at Pioneer Farm, 29065 College Farm Road, Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
UW–Platteville’s FICSH was established in 2010 and is considered a rarity across college campuses throughout the country, as only a few have a similar resource to use as a teaching method.
The exact crime is being kept secret until the exhibit opens, but will feature a recreated event that occurred in the U.S. Past re-created crimes included the cases of Jeffrey MacDonald, who was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, though he roclaimed his innocence, in 1970; Amanda Knox, who was imprisoned in Italy for four years after her roommate was murdered before she was acquitted in 2011; and the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca orchestrated by Charles Manson in 1969.
“By having more help with this event, I hope that this year’s Horrific Crime Scene Revisited will be worth the wait,” said Elisa Wills, forensic liaison for the UW–Platteville Criminal Justice Association. “Advice to those who are dying to know what we have going on this year: come to the event and check it out.”
When visitors arrive at the FICSH, they will be able to walk around the crime scene and attempt to gather as much information as they can about what could have happened in the house. “Everything we do, what and where we place objects, is for a purpose,” said Wills. “We will never try to hide any pieces of evidence, so everything important for the case will be out and visible and it is up to the visitors to notice them.”
After attendees finish going through the crime scene, they can continue to the basement of the house where they will find a recreated police station to check their findings with a list of evidence that was present in the house.
Last year, the exhibit, sponsored by the UW–Platteville Criminial Justice Association, had nearly 500 people attend and attracted national media coverage. Although admission is free, there will be a donation box and a brat sale at the event this year to help fund next year’s event and the Criminal Justice Association.
Free shuttles sponsored by the UW–Platteville Alumni Association, will transport people to and from the FICSH every hour from the Markee Pioneer Student Center.