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A

ammunition
bullets or shells used in firearms
anthropologist
a scientist who studies bones
authorities
the police, attorneys and other law officials
autopsies
exams of the bodies of dead persons or animals

C

cross contamination
to move, mix, or transfer blood, germs, or fingerprints from one piece of evidence to another

D

DNA
deoxyribonucleic acid - the part of a cell that holds details specific to each person or animal

E

evidence
things left at a crime scene on purpose or accidently

F

footprint
mark left by a foot in mud, soil or sand
forensics
Latin for public - or related to law
forgery
signing someone else's name illegally
fraud
a fake or trick method of obtaining money

I

intention
on purpose or with a plan
investigator
a person who looks into the details of a crime

K

kidnapping
to forcefully take a person as a hostage

P

physical evidence
evidence that can be seen or measured
poaching
killing animals illegally
prevention
to stop something before it happens
professional
a person who works in a career
psychiatrist
a doctor of the mind

S

splatter
the pattern a liquid makes when it splashes

T

toxicologist
a scientist who studies dangerous poisons

V

victim
someone who has suffered a crime

W

witness
a person who has seen a crime

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