Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Park Side Murder

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Photo by osmar01

Hi, Super Sleuths! Are you ready for another challenge?

Don’t forget your prizes this month for the Super Sleuth of the month are a $10 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of Liz Johnson’s new book Stolen Memories.

Let’s get down to the case.

The police were called to a parking lot of a local park at 7 am. A victim had been shot and killed, left lying there.

There was no car present at the scene of the crime and very little evidence. After conducting several interviews, the police were led to the car. It had been impounded by the police after it had been abandoned on a nearby county road.

Evidence in the car had been seriously compromised due to a car fired that had ravaged it prior to being impounded. After the crime, the killer even had the presence of mind to change his clothes and throw them into the fire that he’d started in the car.

Before disposing of the body, the killer stole her money and went back home to get his stash of drugs in case the police came asking questions. Then he dumped her body and started the car fire.

A truly sad story. But today your job is to figure out what cinched the case for the police to charge the man with murder.

Which of the following evidence implicated the killer:

*A cigarette butt left at the scene of the crime that was matched to a DNA sample of the suspect.

*A bullet casing with a fingerprint on it that matched the bullets in the suspect’s house.

*A piece of gum that the crime lab matched to DNA samples of the suspect.

*Spit on the ground near the victim that allowed a sample to be tested against the suspect’s saliva.

What do you think, Super Sleuths?

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Super Sleuth Challenge – Park Side Murder

  1. JaniceG says:

    Because there are three answers concerning DNA I think it must be one of those. I don’t usually think of smokers chewing gum. I don’t know if spit would have been noticed unless it was still wet. Because the crime involed a fire which requires a lighter, I will go with the cigarette butt as the logical answer.

  2. dtopliff says:

    I look forward to these. I’ll go with cigarette butt, too. Looking forward to your answer.

  3. dianekratz says:

    Most drug users smoke, so I’m also going with the DNA found on cigarette. I love this site too!

  4. Angie Arndt says:

    I think I’m going with the ol’ spit-on-the-ground theory. Anyone brazen enough to do all that might spit on the ground after he did it.

    I look forward to this every week, too. (I’ve just never had the courage to answer!)

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