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Unsolved Crimes: The Zodiac

Thomas Jones
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This 10 week class is a deep dive into one of the most fascinating unsolved crimes of all time.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
  • Students will utilize critical reasoning skills in analysis of evidence in a real case. They will also learn how the investigation of cases such as the Zodiac have evolved over the past fifty years.
I have fifteen years of teaching experience in forensic science and unsolved crimes analysis.  I teach at the college, middle school, and high school levels.  I have a law degree from a top U.S. law school and graduate studies in forensic science.  I am one of the leading academic experts on the Zodiac case, with regular public lectures on the subject, and a book about the case in preparation.
Homework Offered
Students will have the option of reviewing materials, such as the Zodiac's writings, online videos, or website inclusions in order to formulate theories on the case each week.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
My forensic science and unsolved crimes all use informal assessment. My classes are about thinking and I pay a great deal of attention to the students' work through discussion and chat.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This is a class about a serial killer, but I make sure to never use any graphic images or to dwell on the graphic nature of killings.  This case does not contain any ritualistic or excessively violent crimes, and parents have found it to be a rather tame crime spree in comparison to other famous cases.
Joined January, 2017
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, and focusing on forensic science classes and programs for kids since 2005.  For the past five years, I have also been teaching a variety of online courses, including space science, climate change, writing,... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
60 min

Completed by 31 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
4-14 learners per class

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