Press Release for Thursday, November 10, 2005

UNF Presents Original Crime Scene Reenactment and Trial

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

“Deception, Mayhem and Murder,” an original crime scene reenactment and trial, will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lazzara Performance Hall by the University of North Florida’s Women’s Center, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Department of Anthropology and Sociology.

This play is part of a living, breathing curriculum for UNF students and is filled with excitement as well as anticipation as the crime scene investigation unfolds, followed by a mock trial and verdict. Interestingly, the crime scene is yielding leads even as we speak as real students learn the complex world of forensics and crime.

The plot goes something like this. It all started on a cool, sunny day on October 6. Eager UNF students enrolled in the Common Boundary Course, CSI: Forensic Investigation class walked over to Portable 849A to begin their forensic lab exercise with Anthropologist Dr. Gordon Rakita. Upon arrival, the students found the location roped off by crime scene tape with a police officer securing the premises. The officer explained to the baffled students that the door was unlocked when he arrived and the lab was determined to be a crime scene. Among other forensic evidence, the students found a pool of blood, a single bullet and shell casing, an apparent suicide note and no Dr. Rakita.

As the week unfolded, students discovered additional evidence: skeletal remains of Dr. Rakita, evidence of a struggle and a “persons of interest” list with various witnesses being interviewed to help them crack the case! You will not be disappointed with this eerie thriller that will continue to generate evidence with a subsequent mock trial. The grave details of this case will keep you on the very edge of your seat!

“Deception, Mayhem and Murder,” funded by Student Government, is free and open to the public. Visitors will need to purchase a $3 parking pass, available at the parking booth located near the St. Johns Bluff campus entrance. Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this event are requested to notify the Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 at least five days in advance.

For more information, contact Lauren Fuino at (904) 620-1270.