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Case Study: Crime Investigation Of A Death In Las Vegas

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The case is taking place in Las Vegas, United States of America. One morning, Tony Braun was found dead by the gardener of the house. The case has an appearance of a complete suicide. The body of Tony Braun is found in the living room in a laying position next to the couches. At the first look, there is no signs of any struggle or any other signs that could suggest murder. Investigators found a Xanax box, a prescription drug that is mainly used for anxiety disorders, laying near the body. There are no pills remaining in the box. However, the sticker on the box is stating that the prescription drug was refilled one day before the case took place. This might suggest consumption of many pills at a time by the suicide victim and also might suggest the cause of death as drug overdose. In addition to consumption of high number of Xanax pills, there is also evidences supporting heroin use. Aluminum foil and residuals of black tar heroin are found in the room. Other than drug box and other drug materials that were found in the crime scene, a back of an earring was also found near the dead body. Knowing that the rooms are vacuumed everyday by the maid, back of the earring must have been left there on the same day Tony was murdered. The earring might even belong to the murderer. There is no bodily fluids present such as urine or signs of vomiting. This might have been done by a second person who was trying to clean up the area and the body. This, therefore, is giving the case a homicide appearance. Crime scene investigators found tape residues on the victim’s wrist. This possibly implies that the victim’s hands were tied up by a tape and the tape was removed after. Investigators searched for any other possible evidences in the other rooms of the house. They found a piece of crumpled tape in the kitchen garbage. This piece of tape is possibly the one that was responsible for the tape residuals that were left on the victim’s wrist. Another investigator obtains fingerprints from the doggy door.
After crime scene investigation, the external body examination is conducted. Numerous needle marks that are present on the arms of the victim are confirming the drug use and drug addiction. There is three big red marks present on the chest of the victim. According to the doctor, these marks are formed due to physical force. There is red marks present on the lips of the victim as well but the source of these marks is unknown. Stomach contents are extracted from the body for analysis. No food is present in the contents but heroin and pills. Presence of heroin in the stomach contents indicates ingestion of heroin other than inhaling it. Even though Tony is suspected to be taken many pills, almost a hundred, there is no undissolved pills found in the stomach content. This is possible if the pills are dissolved in a liquid prior to ingestion by the victim.
Girlfriend of Tony, who also lives in the same house with Tony, is questioned by investigators. She argues that...

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