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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (KWWL) -

The house may look normal from the outside.  It's anything but inside.

It's the crime scene house at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, one of just three in the nation.  And this week it's been transformed to mimic a famous horrific crime of the past

Students like Chelsea Fangmeier spend time in each room, inspecting the dummies left to look like dead bodies, with fake blood splatter all over the bed.  Bloody footprints lead her to the living room, where another fake dead body is left lying on the couch.  There, she finds shell casings and muddy footprints.  She also finds a bloody knife on the deck.

"That one really confused me," she said.

After she's taken a thorough look at the crime scene, she makes her way to the basement, where a makeshift police station is set up.  There she can examine all the facts of the case--this time, about the serial killer called the Night Stalker from the mid-1980s.  She can even watch news clips reporting on the actual event.

She's majoring in forensic investigation, so this trip to the crime scene house gives her a great experience.  One she simply can't get in the classroom.

"I think it's very important, because obviously it's really hard to find a real crime scene to observe. So I think it's important to have a pseudo experience before you get into that field," she said.

Sydney Holbach is a junior at UW-Platteville, and has spent the last two years putting together this crime scene.  She agrees that it gives students a unique opportunity.  But it does something else, too.

"It definitely shows them that it's not like what they see on TV, that's for sure," Holbach said.

The Horrific Crime Scene Revisited will be open to the public again Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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