Great article sent to me by Slack LaLane (knowing my unhealthy obsession with “CSI”). It’s all about how real crime scene investigators are upset at the effect shows like “CSI” are having on real life criminals. That articles reads:
Today, the use of bleach, which destroys DNA, is not unusual in a planned homicide, said the senior criminalist from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
"They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."
It goes on to describe a recent incident where a “CSI” fan “went to great lengths to cover his tracks” by using bleach to remove blood from his hands, covering the back seat of his car with blankets to prevent getting blood on the seats when he transported the bodies, burning his clothes and removing his cigarette butts from the scene because they would contain DNA from his saliva.
OK, I’m not going to brag and say that if I decided I wanted to kill someone, I’m pretty sure I could do a great job of getting away with it; but covering the back seat of the car with blankets? Burning your blood soaked clothes? WASHING YOUR HANDS? This is what makes this guy a dangerous criminal, exhibiting behavior that, while psychotic in the sense that he killed a woman and her child, is fairly straight-forward in terms of committing a crime? I’m surprised there’s no mention of him taking the crowbar with him after he was done beating them. Because that’s just genius.
According to the affidavit, he also tried to throw some evidence into a lake, including a crowbar used to bludgeon one of the victims. The lake was frozen though and he shouted a profanity when the crowbar remained on the surface.
I just watched an episode of “CSI” the other day where a guy shaved off all his body hair to avoid leaving DNA behind. He also strangled the victims with items already in their house, vacuumed after he was done, took the bag with him and left behind at the scene hairs and fibers from strangers to throw off the police. I don’t think crowbar guy was paying close enough attention to the show.