You’re reading a crime novel, totally absorbed in the author’s style, the setting and so far, the pace of the book.

Lets say that the telephone at the victims house was used after her death.  The receiver is hanging off the hook.  It would be a safe guess that the suspect handled the receiver to place or receive a call.  Fingerprints are found.  DNA is recovered from saliva around the mouth piece.  It’s the only clear forensic sample to be found. There are others samples on the receiver but they have been contaminated beyond use by the last handler.

However, it is revealed that the suspect may never be caught because the police managed to destroy vital evidence.

How so? Well believe it or not, the first officer on the scene was not your traditional, fictional Senior Investigating Officer but PC Bigfoot, dressed in a distinctive patrol uniform.  The Constable took it upon himself to call his wife on the deceased’s telephone to let her know that he would be late home from work as he was likely to be stuck at the murder scene for some time.  Is that really plausible?  Would your readers believe it if you’d written it?

Well, if you want to complicate a “simple” murder investigation, throw in the incompetent first officer on the scene.  They do exist.  Look at the following article for just one example.

Oh, by the way, Senior Detectives have been known to get it wrong as well, deeming them self far cleverer than the forensic team that is likely to follow them into the scene.

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  1. Pete Denton says:

    I think in any walk of live you encounter people who are incompetent in their job or at least make mistakes. Adding this type of detail to your story helps build the believable story and every plot needs some steps forward and a few back. 🙂


  2. Yes, sounds like a good way of complicating the story.


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