Please help me in my feeble attempts at writing a murder mystery!!!
As a hobby I have been writing a murder mystery. Now I am trying to clean it up to see if I can get it to the point that a publisher would consider it. The problem is that I am not in law enforcement (although I find it fascinating!), so I am sure that I have taken WAY TOO MUCH creative license with regards to how a murder investigation would really progress. Any pointers anyone has would be greatly appreciated!
In particular, if a murderer left a note at a murder scene, would the crime scene investigators automatically take the note and send it to a lab, or would the homicide detectives have the letter in their physical possession to refer on for testing as needed? And would it be fairly automatic that such a note would be run through an ESDA machine to look for latent handwriting impressions, or would that be something that the detective or crime scene investigator would have to specifically request?
Thank you in advance for any insights y'all can give me into investigative reality!
Thanks for your suggestions, everybody!
I've already read some nonfiction books on the subject of serial killers and another book called "The Making of a Detective", so hopefully what I've written so far isn't too far removed from reality! Since reading your posts here, I've ordered a book called "Forensics for Dummies" and I picked up another book from the library about what it is like going through the program to become a crime scene investigator. If anyone has any other book suggestions they think would provide good background information for me, it would be much appreciated!
I like the idea of finding a local class on the subject. And if they would let me audit it, that would be ideal! Thanks for the suggestion!
Take care - and thanks again!