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Crime 'in its place'

From Texas, a story about a crime recreation room police use to investigate crimes:

When Montgomery County sheriff's deputy Celestina Archer opens the door, she enters a kitchen with a noticeably missing dishwasher. Then she walks by a half-divider wall into a living room with a couch and armchair.
Blood splatter is on the wall above the armchair and on a wall on the opposite side of the room, where the homeowner, with his arm raised to shield himself, is cornered by an intruder pointing a gun at him.
Archer, a crime scene investigator, is not at a real crime scene. She's in a 1,000-square-foot room set up with mannequins and cardboard furniture to resemble an actual crime scene.
This summer, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office became the only law enforcement agency in the Houston region, and perhaps even the state, to have a dedicated room for crime scene reconstruction.

Read the full story on the Houston Chronicle's web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
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