Annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event returns Nov. 6-7

Written by Alison Parkins on Tue, 11/02/2021 - 10:23 |

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host its 10th annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7. The event will take place at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House at Pioneer Farm. Drawing several hundred attendees in years past, this popular tradition provides an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the field of forensics.

Each year, a true-life crime scene is recreated and staged with evidence. Visitors will have the opportunity to examine the house, find evidence and make determinations about the case. Once they gather as much information as possible, they can check their findings against a list of evidence that was present in the house. The event, which is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Association, aims to provide an educational experience to participants, showing them a glimpse into the fields of criminal justice and forensic investigation.

"It is so great to be returning to this event after a year off due to the pandemic,” said Dr. Travis Nelson, chair of the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department. “Current, former, and prospective students all look forward to it as an opportunity to show off our field and facilities."

UW-Platteville’s Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House opened in 2010 and is one of only a few of its kind in the United States. The building is arranged as a residential structure with a basement designed for classroom instruction. The facility offers students the opportunity to learn important principles, including entry procedures, photography, evidence documentation and collection, and more aspects of forensic investigation. 

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. The Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House is located at 29065 College Farm Road. The event is free and open to the public, but due to the nature of the exhibit, it’s not recommended for young children. Face coverings are required in all university buildings.