Many of us write deaths that are caused by another person. However, there are many times when it would be obvious who the criminal was with blood evidence, semen, fingerprints, and so forth that was left behind. So, even though you don’t want to write your guy getting caught, you should know there are a lot of true crime junkies who know many details that can make your story unrealistic to them. It can even make it unreadable, if you aren’t paying enough attention to the details.
So, if you don’t want to fall into the ‘my guy leaves evidence everywhere but no one catches him for some bizarre reason’ trap, let me give you some advice that could help you make your story more realistic.
I am a bit of a true crime junkie, so I’ve learned a substantial amount of information about how & why crimes are committed, by whom, how they are solved, and the techniques police use to get the necessary evidence to convict. There’s a ton of information out there, but I felt it might be easier to help provide some basic information as kind of a quick reference or ‘cheat sheet’ for those who simply don’t have the time or necessarily need to know everything.
I will cover the following aspects: Types of Killers, Method, Location, Weapons, The Body, Forensics, Avoiding Suspicion, and Agencies. For this part, I will be giving you a breakdown of the terms I use and their meanings.
Types of Killers – There are classifications for people who kill. These depend on things like how they kill, how many, how close together, and the motivating factors, among others.
Method – The way in which someone is killed. There are endless ways to kill, but this will cover the most common ones.
Location – Where the killing takes place. We will discuss the different pros and cons for a variety of scenes for your event.
Weapons – The item uses to commit the killing. We’ll go over the most common types, mention a few rarer weapons and give you the good and bad for each.
The Body – Your dead victim. What the body reveals, what it doesn’t, what you have to watch out for. Body disposal methods, fact vs. fiction, and decomposition.
Forensics – The science behind crime-solving. The methods, tools, tests, the time for test results to be returned, and so on will be discussed here.
Avoiding Suspicion – What you should and shouldn’t do, depending on if you want your killer to be someone the law will notice or not.
Agencies – Which agency handles what? What resources do they have? How successful are they at solving cases? (Applicable in the US ONLY)
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