Arson Investigation

In this discussion, you recognize what constitutes arson and what types of evidence should be sought in an explosion crime scene. Arson is generally divided into two categories, one that involves the risk of human injury and the other in which property is damaged.  Investigators need to determine whether a fire is natural (lightning) or human caused.  Determining whether it is intentional depends on determining the area of origin and if there was an accelerant used.


Watch the PBS video “Frontline: Death by Fire” (54 minutes) to investigate this case.

  1. Write a summary of the documentary, and then answer the following questions:
  2. Do you believe the suspect was guilty or innocent?
  3. What was the evidence pointing in both directions?
  4. How does an investigator look for evidence at an arson crime scene?

(200 words and referenced)