I. Describe an important site related to the crime scene.
a. Describe the site as it is today, its current use/purpose,
b. Provide a quick overview of the site's history from founding to present
c. Discuss the site's role in the crime and details about the site at the time of the crime
Note: this may be the crime scene or the location where the perpetrators were arrested, where the victim was found, courthouse where the trial was held, jail, residence of the victim or perpetrator, etc.
Note: This is also where you would set the historical context of the crime, any economic, cultural, political contexts. You would describe the city, section of city, neighborhood, or town at the time of the crime.
II. Describe the related crime, what the police found when they arrived, what was the suspected motive, who were the victims, any witnesses, any immediate suspects.
Note: Do not focus on the perpetrators. That will come at the end when you give a detailed account of how the crime occurred and the, such as a prison sentence or, perhaps, execution. This is the crime at first blush, information that might come from early newspaper accounts, prior to the investigation, when there are still many unknowns.
III. Describe the victims as best you can from the information you have--any information you have such as age, profession, family situation, etc.
IV. Describe any law enforcement officials or private investigators who play prominent roles investigating the crime, rounding up the suspects, solving the mystery, etc.
V. Describe the suspects in the crime in as much detail as possible.
VI. Describe any trials, noteworthy information on lawyers, judges, jury members, witness testimony, but only if relevant to the story. Include the verdict in the case.
VII. Describe the crime in detail from information that came out in the investigation and/or trial.
VIII. Discuss any appeals of the case.
IX. Conclude by describing the resolution to the crime, the fate of the case. Did it become a cold case? What became of the suspects or perpetrators.
X. Return the focus to the historical site and the modern environment in which the site exists.