Forensics in History
Like many other people these days, I’m fascinated by forensics. In my case, though, not by the modern CSI stuff, but by the history of it all.
What was the first murder case to be solved through fingerprints? ballistics? chemical analysis? media participation? How did juries react to these new scientific advances? and how did criminals, police, scientists, hucksters, and the public adapt? How do ballistics work? When were poisons analyzed, catalogued, deciphered?
Let’s find out.
_WARNING: This blog discusses some gruesome topics, such as violent deaths, autopsies, and attempts to dispose of cadavers. While many people, such as myself, find these topics fascinating, others–for good reasons–do not, and people with sensitive nerves may not enjoy reading these blog entries. Please, protect yourselves.
The first criminal media circus, Part One
Dr. H.H. Holmes is arrested in 1895 for insurance fraud with a substitute corpse. But is it?
The first criminal media circus, Part Two
The media helps the search for truth as more victims are found.
The first criminal media circus, Part Three
Dr. Holmes is tried in the papers as the search for his victims continues.
One of history’s most prolific and violent serial killers is identified by a fingerprint fluke.
When the Cold War wasn’t so cold
A murder straight out of a spy thriller baffles Scotland Yard.
Celebrating the skeptic
A poisoned infant and poison in the baby bottle. An easy case, right?
The Dingo Baby case, Part One
In a famous Australian case, a wild dog carried off and killed Michael and Lindy Chamberlain’s baby daughter, Azaria. Or did it?
The Dingo Baby case, Part Two
A hard-hitting panel of experts prove Lindy Chamberlain murdered her infant daughter to the judge and jury’s satisfaction. But was justice served?
The Dingo Baby case, Part Three
A group of caring amateurs uncover the evidence the professionals missed.
The Murchison murders
An author seeking to write the ultimate detective novel sees his fiction turned to reality.
Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan
Their Lockheed Electra vanished without a trace. Or did it?
What happens when guns and bullets interact.