Unit 4 Crime Conversations: The Roy Brown Case

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Crime Conversations: The Roy Brown Case

Case: The bite pattern of a suspect can be matched to the bite marks associated with a crime scene, just as fingerprints of suspects can be matched to fingerprints at a crime scene.  (Bertino p. 443)

In 1991 Sabina Kulakowski was found murdered and Roy Brown was convicted of the crime based on bite-mark analysis.  Watch Part 2 (second 15 minutes) of the PBS documentary Forensics on Trial for details into another case of mistaken identity.   

Investigate: Consider the following questions:

  • Do you think the circumstantial evidence influenced the forensic dentistry analysis?

  • Do you think there should be any consequences when it is discovered that a forensic scientists incorrectly analyzes evidence?  If so, what consequences?

  • The documentary claims that fingerprint and bite mark analyses are more art than science.  Do you agree with this statement?

  • Do you think evidence that involves interpretation should be allowed into a trial?


Evaluate:  You will earn up to 10 points for your participation in the discussion and will be assessed using the discussion rubric: General Requirements for Discussions.

  • Post your thoughts on the questions posed about the case and submit them by the due date. 10 points