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Week 7: Whodunnit?

Introduction

First, watch the weekly video with Graham and Catriona.

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This week, you’ll evaluate the investigations conducted by DI Bullet and DS Sund and determine how sound their conclusions are. You will also get a chance to solve the crime yourself before seeing what actually happened, and seeing how well real police officers managed to solve it.

You’ll be presented with the cases for the prosecution that have been built on the evidence collected by our two detectives, DI Jake Bullet and DS Lara Sund. In a real case, the defence team can bring in experts to give evidence to the jury about certain aspects of the case. Psychologists can be asked to provide expert testimony on many things, including issues of mental health and eyewitness memory. When evaluating the prosecution cases, you will take the part of a psychologist who has been hired by the defence as an expert on eyewitness memory. Your job will be to evaluate the way the evidence was collected and use the knowledge you have about eyewitness memory to show that the prosecution’s case is flawed.

In producing your expert evaluation, try and judge which pieces of evidence are the most reliable. These will come in very useful at the end of the activity when you attempt to solve the crime yourself.