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CSI Mystery

December 1, 2008
By Anonymous

One night in Orange County, California, Leah and her boyfriend Frank were out walking in their neighborhood. A homeless man was sitting on the corner minding his own business when Frank tripped over his makeshift cardboard bed. Frank had a temper problem so he started yelling at the poor old guy. When Frank punched him, Leah couldn’t take it anymore. She told him to stop but he wouldn’t. Leah distracted him long enough that finally, the homeless man ran away. Furious, Frank dragged Leah back to their house. That was the last time Leah was seen outdoors.

The next day, the police were contacted by Leah’s neighbors because they heard screams from within the house last night. Officer Daniel was the first cop on the scene. He walked into the house and found Leah lying face down in the living room with a dagger in her chest. As soon as Officer Daniel was finished looking for DNA, he took the murder weapon to the lab to be tested for blood samples and fingerprints.

At the lab, Officer Daniel took his samples to Dr. Laura. When she received the samples, she immediately uploaded samples of Frank’s DNA to compare them. When Dr. Laura transferred the samples to slides and looked at them under the microscope. When she first looked she thought they were the same. But when Laura looked at the slides more closely, she found that they were slightly different. The sample taken from the crime scene was made up of the same structure as Frank’s sample but it wasn’t a direct match. Dr. Laura then concluded that the DNA must have been mixed together with a little of Leah’s so that’s why it wasn’t an exact match.
When the results came back from the lab, there were two sets of DNA on the murder weapon. Dr. Leah told Officer Daniel that one was Leah’s and the other was similar to her Frank’s mixed with Leah’s. Through the police data base, Daniel was able to locate Frank who had fled to New York. When Daniel got there, Frank denied killing Leah so Daniel took him back to California to be questioned.

After three days of questioning, Frank finally gave in and confessed to hiring his brother, Jacob, to kill Leah. Now everything was clear to Daniel. It wasn’t Frank’s DNA on the dagger but his twin brother Jacob’s. That’s why they confused the DNA. When Officer Daniel searched for Jacob to arrest him, he was no where to be found.

Dr. Leah entered Jacob’s DNA in the FBI database and searched for registered and illegal residents in the United States and Mexico. After searching through a long list and going from door to door asking “Have you seen this man?”, Officer Daniel got a tip from a woman in Mexico that Jacob was undercover in Mexico City as Pablo Lopez. Officer Daniel immediately took a plane to Mexico and took Jacob under arrest. The journey back to California was tiring but, eventually, they made it. It took three weeks to get a respectable judge and jury, then another two weeks to find a court house to with hold the trial. Once the arrangements were set, court was in session. Jacob decided to plea not guilty.

After a very tiring debate, it was time for the jury to decide if Jacob was in fact not guilty and what his punishment was. It took four weeks for the jury to decide their verdict. Jacob was convicted guilty of second degree murder and was told to serve a life sentence without parole. Frank had a separate trial for being involved in Leah’s murder. He plead guilty. The jury gave him a fifty year sentence with a chance of two years parole.
Near the end of Frank’s sentence, he died in his cell of lung cancer. Jacob served his sentence until he died at the age of 91 and was buried in the jail’s cemetery since he had not written a will. All of his belongings were repossessed by the government since he had no more living relatives. Justice was served on the account of Leah’s death but that gave Frank and Jacob no right to commit murder.

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on Oct. 11 2018 at 2:02 pm
Hermione-Granger BRONZE, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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Great job.

on Feb. 26 2015 at 6:00 pm
AwesomeWriter SILVER, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
Robert Green Ingersoll

Awesome work.

kddancer63 said...
on Feb. 22 2009 at 2:22 pm
Sara that story was great I loved it you are really great at writing! -Kelsey D

news1 said...
on Jan. 14 2009 at 6:04 am
Great job Sara! A budding mystery writer!

tiger1 said...
on Jan. 13 2009 at 6:34 pm
Sara - great writing...love how you take the reader from beginning to closure...your choice of words makes it easy for readers to "see your story" as we read it - so proud of you!!! :)

TFF said...
on Jan. 12 2009 at 8:21 pm
Nice writing. Good story.

ttaff said...
on Jan. 12 2009 at 3:55 pm
Sara, Thanks for sharing your story. Good work.

on Jan. 12 2009 at 3:14 pm
Great job!! I am very impressed!


dancer said...
on Jan. 12 2009 at 1:21 pm
Great story. I was so emotional reading your story and was pleased that justice was served.

Dancer said...
on Jan. 12 2009 at 12:32 pm
I really enjoyed this story. I was so emotional about the sequence of the events. Once I started I couldn't stop reading. I'm glad justice was served.

Di said...
on Jan. 12 2009 at 3:20 am

I am so proud of you! I love mysteries and you did a great job on this one. You kept me reading and that's always a good sign. I hope you continue writing as I think you have a career ahead of you. Di

beijomom said...
on Jan. 11 2009 at 10:17 pm
Excellent story Sara ... I'm very proud of you. You know I love a good mystery. Looking forward to the next one.

doglover said...
on Jan. 9 2009 at 9:13 pm
We have a budding writer in our midst. Terrific story structure, Sara. Keep up the good work.

mamie said...
on Jan. 7 2009 at 6:59 am
Great plot,Sara! Keep it up and enjoy writing more.

kazekageiris said...
on Jan. 5 2009 at 11:53 pm
:o very,very good! This was my first time reading something like this ^^ Keep up the good work Sarah!

Ms. Fix It said...
on Jan. 5 2009 at 4:08 am
Sara: I really enjoyed your story and I do not even read mysteries. However, one like yours' could encourage me to. The plot, action, and final outcome was very entertaining. Feel free to forward others. Thank you!

Mike said...
on Jan. 5 2009 at 2:37 am
Nice work Sarah. I found the story interesting and even a busy guy like me wanted to finish reading. Keep up the good work. mike -nashville, tn

on Jan. 4 2009 at 11:20 pm
What a wonderful story! I feel it took much thought and imagination to write this story. Her wording, punctuation and detail was perfect. I hope this will be chosen for your front page story. It is well deserved. Thank you.

yogibear said...
on Jan. 3 2009 at 8:50 pm
great story! wonderful plot with a nice twist.

stependo0 said...
on Jan. 3 2009 at 7:34 pm
Awesome story! Kept me captivated from beginning to end!! Loved it!