The sixth annual Horrific Crime Scene Revisited event at UW–Platteville will take place at the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene house at the Pioneer Farm Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30.
“This event displays the unique resources available to students and faculty at UW–Platteville, including the Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House,” said Elisa Wills, forensic liaison for the UW–Platteville Criminal Justice Association. “And there are a few things that we are doing very differently from past years that I know everyone will enjoy.”
When visitors arrive at the FICSH, they will be able to walk around the crime scene and attempt to gather as much information as they can about what could have happened in the house. After attendees finish going through the crime scene, they can continue to the basement of the house where they will find a recreated police station to check their findings with a list of evidence that was present in the house. “We treat this as a real crime scene experience,” said Wills.
While the exact crime is kept secret until the exhibit opens, Wills revealed it will feature a recreated event that occurred in the U.S.. Last year's Horrific Crime Scene Revisited recreated the murders of Vincent and Maxine Zazzara, who were victims of Richard Ramirez, "The Night Stalker" from California.
“It's an alternative to going to a haunted house and other traditional Halloween events, but it can be even scarier knowing that this event is recreated from a crime scene that actually happened,” said Wills. “This event can also be a good learning experience, as attendees will get firsthand experience of responding to a scene, absorbing as much information as possible, and coming to conclusions based on those observations.”
More than 400 people attended the event last year. Although admission is free, there will be a donation box and a brat sale at the event this year to help fund next year’s event and the UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Association.
The event, sponsored by the Criminal Justice Association and the Criminal Justice Department, will take place at the FICSH, 29065 College Farm Road in Platteville Saturday from 3–7 p.m. and Sunday from 2–6 p.m. There will be free shuttles available to transport people to and from the FICSH every hour from Ullsvik Hall.