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Real Body Found At Fake Crime Scene
Status: Strange but true
Here's the scene: a high school criminology class on a field trip to the local park. Their teacher has created fake bodies for them to find. But wait a second. One of those bodies looks awfully real. The AP reports:
Truth proved to be stranger than fiction for a high school criminology class investigating a fake crime scene after students discovered a real dead body on a field trip. Teacher Sue Messenger has been planting cardboard skeletons with bullet holes, fake knives and other evidence at mock crime scenes for more than 20 years to give her students a firsthand look at what crime scene investigators do. The discovery Monday at Fort Lauderdale's Holiday Park by 29 students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School suddenly brought the classroom to life - or death. "It was a good crash course," said Juan Cantor, a 15-year-old sophomore. "The first thing we thought was, 'That's a real good dummy she set up.'"
Reality has a strange way of doing that, intruding on our make-believe games. But I predict that it's only a matter of time before this particular event gets refictionalized as part of the storyline of a TV crime drama (probably CSI).
Categories: Death, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jun 07, 2006
Comments (3)
Actually, it was already on one of the shows, SCI I believe.
Posted by Josh  in  US  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  09:43 AM
Yes this was done in CSI - a season 2 episode called Burden Of Proof to be exact.
Posted by Toby J  in  Sydney  on  Wed Jun 07, 2006  at  10:33 AM
So, have the students solved the case yet???
Posted by Accipiter  on  Thu Jun 08, 2006  at  09:28 PM
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