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forensics and Catholicism

Two questions.

1. In my story, a young woman falls to her death. She didn't jump; she was pushed. My main character is a forensics specialist in blood spatter and it's necessary for the story that he at least have some grave suspicions, based on the evidence, that she didn't kill herself. What forensically plausible clues could he find at the scene of the crime which would indicate that she was murdered?

Could something like the trajectory of her fall provide a clue?

Note: the evidence doesn't have to be strong enough for a court case. This is a Dexter fic: the scene just has to be "off" enough for him to suspect foul play, and dig deeper.

2. If a person commits a crime because of mental illness, how is that looked upon by Catholic docterine? Is the person held entirely responsible for their actions?

I'm trying to figure out of if it would be bad characterization for a priest to express the belief that someone isn't responsible for something they did because they weren't in their right mind. Would that ring false?

I found an article on mental illness at the Catholic Encyclopedia, but I'd like a little more to go on here.
Tags: ~forensics (misc), ~religion: christianity: catholicism
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