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Chemistry: Murder Mystery

A set of resources to build a murder mystery experience for KS3/4 students using knowledge from learning chemistry.

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Using chemistry knowledge students have gained through KS3 and/or KS4 they can solve the mystery of who murdered Mrs Smith.

The story begins... Mrs Mary Smith was murdered at her home in Bath a week ago and we need your help to process the evidence. Mary Smith is the owner of Mucci Fashion House (obviously pronounced moochee) and over the past twenty years has built up a fortune. She has lived in her house in Bath with her husband for the past fifteen years. She was found dead in her house by a window cleaner...

There are several suspects all related to Mrs Smtih in some way. It is the job of the students to work out who has committed the crime.


Students will need to use their chemistry and wider science knowledge to undertake:

  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Soil analysis
  • Hair analysis
  • Chemical analysis


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Introduction Video

The introduction video can be used to introduce the mystery to your students

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