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Evidence That Demands A Verdict (4 of 5)
Series: CSI Jerusalem
Open: For the past few weeks, I've been preaching on the topic of CSI-Jerusalem. We're Crime Scene Investigators…or more specifically "Cross Scene Investigators". The following story is true. And while it is somewhat morbid it serves to illustrate what I want to say this morning.
Several years ago there was an TV news account of the arrest and trial of a man who had been accused of murdering his family with a knife. Neighbors had heard screaming on the night of the murders, but they had not given it much thought until two weeks later, when it was reported that the bodies of the victims had been found in shallow graves in a field outside of town. Then the neighbors called the police.
When the police entered the home of the victims, bear in mind that 2 or 3 weeks had already gone by. They found it to be immaculate. The carpets had been shampooed. the curtains and drapes washed and ironed, the woodwork polished. Every window had been cleaned; every piece of furniture polished; even the bedrooms and hallways had been repainted.
The police found no fingerprints, no blood stains, no shredded clothing, and no signs of a struggle anywhere.
This alone would have made the husband a prime suspect. No man by himself would have had a such an immaculately taken care of home. The defendant's story was that he and his wife HAD had an argument a month earlier, and she had taken the kids and left him. He said he had no idea of where they were until he'd been told their bodies had been found.
Understandably, the police doubted the man's story. So they brought in a forensics team that sprayed the man's bedroom, bathroom, hallway walls, and floors with a chemical known as Luminal.
Luminal is a compound that's designed to interact with blood, and when it comes in contact with blood, it gives off a florescent color - even under paint. The police sprayed the Luminal, waited a ...
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