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Students become amateur crime scene investigators


PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- Amateur crime scene investigators are hard at work at a home in Platteville.

They're UW-Platteville students working on a pretend murder scene.

The forensics house just off the main campus was built for this sole purpose.

It's outfitted with surveillance cameras allowing the professors to critique the students as they move through the scene, collecting evidence, building a theory and gathering clues.

The professor who teaches the class says it's nothing like what you see on TV.

"This is why profiling is not for everyone. It's very hard, very draining to put yourself in the shoes of a killer," says Criminal Justice professor Sabina Burton.

"I need to make sure I'm doing things this way and not this way so I can help get the perpetrator and not mess up the crime scene," says student Jessie Kolar.

Even though there can be some emotional pressure that comes with the job, most of these students say they look forward to eventually working their first real crime scene.

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