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Listening to the Dead - Forensics uncovered

If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene. This series will look at the latest developments, the famous cases and how the forensic scientists are meeting the challenge laid down by a criminal who is forensically aware. Lynda La Plante has always been fascinated by criminality and the people that solve crime. Her books are celebrated for their authentic depictions of crime scenes and police procedures – something she achieves through meticulous research with her colleague, CSI Cass Sutherland. Over six episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate six branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction. Episodes will reveal how plant regrowth can be used to track a killer’s path months after a crime was committed; how a fly on the wall can be more than an observer; why the ‘sibling defence’ can unravel DNA evidence; and why a dog’s nose can sniff out cases of arson that the scientists miss. A murderer is 20% more likely to be convicted if forensic evidence can be presented in court by the prosecution. Yet fingerprints are currently recovered from only 40% of crime scenes, and DNA at a mere 10%. Now more than ever, forensic scientists are under pressure to improve their success rate – their challenge is to advance their crafts and uncover the hidden clues that are left at every crime scene. Join author Lynda La Plante and former detective Cass Sutherland for a series that reveals the real secrets of CSI.

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S4 Ep1: Fraud Forensics with Tony Sales
For twenty years, Tony Sales was Britain's biggest fraudster. From cloning credit cards and identities to emptying cash machines and being a confidence trickster, Tony knew how to make money.  In this first episode of the new series of Listening to the Dead, Lynda and Cass are joined by Tony and his colleague, former Head of the Fraud Squad Andy McDonald about fraud, to discuss fraud: how investigating it has evolved, the current threats, the impact on victims and the devastating iSpoof case of 2023.  As a fraudster, Sales could make people believe whatever he wanted them to. As analogue crime turned digital, Sales adapted his skills and became a prolific online fraudster, quickly identifying and exploiting loopholes and weaknesses in the system. And so he continued until one day a mistake on a job in Sheffield saw him arrested. While serving time, Sales decided to turn his life around. As Frank Abagnale Jr. had done in the US, Sales went from poacher to game-keeper and set up We Fight Fraud, a company dedicated to helping governments and financial institutions to prevent fraud. And it was well timed. Fraud has become bigger than ever in the UK. Scammers were responsible for nearly 1.4m cases of fraud in the UK during the first half of 2023. Overall, criminals stole £580m in the first six months of the year, suggesting households are likely to have lost more than £1bn to fraudsters in the year. How do we stop fraudsters? What investigative and forensic tools do the police have? Join Lynda and Cass as they explore the most prolific crime in the world. Lynda La Plante's final Jane Tennison thriller Whole Life Sentence is available to pre-order now in all formats. To find out more about upcoming episodes of Listening to the Dead and Lynda's other books, visit www.lyndalaplante.com Tony Sales’ memoir The Big Con is out now in audiobook.  Credits: This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK Hosts: Lynda La Plante, Cass Sutherland and Jon Watt Director: Jon Watt Producer: Laura Makela Theme Music: Game Over by Magic in the Other 
48:13 3/18/24
S4 Ep1: Live at Crime Con 2023
The Listening to the Dead crew return to Crime Con in London for another live recording. In this episode the team are joined by renowned forensic podiatrist Haydn Kelly to discuss his remarkable career and the first use of forensic gait analysis as expert evidence in criminal law at The Old Bailey in the trial of jewellery thief John Saunders. From Shakespeare to the Usual Suspects, a person's gait is mentioned time and again. But how much can you really tell from a person's gait? More than you might think! 
38:50 6/30/23
S3 Ep7: Forensic searches and the murder of April Jones
In this final episode we’re discussing forensic searches: searches for bodies, searches for evidence, searches for criminals. Lynda and Cass focus on the tragic case of April Jones, the 5-year-old who went missing in Wales in 2012. The police search was one of the largest ever mounted. It lasted six months, and though an arrest was made, of Mark Bridger, April’s body was never found. In this episode we reunite two forensic search experts who worked in different capacities on this harrowing and challenging case. Julie Roberts is a hugely experienced forensic anthropologist and archaeologist with some 20 years of practitioner experience in the location, recovery and identification of human remains from scenes of crime, war zones and mass fatality incidents. She and her team examined bone fragments that were suspected to be April’s, recovered from Mark Bridger’s house. Julie is currently Scientific Advisor at Alecto Forensic Services: https://alectoforensics.com/   Peter Faulding is a world-leading confined space rescue and forensic search specialist. Peter has worked on many high-profile missing person and ‘no body’ murder investigations including the serial killer Peter Tobin and the mysterious death of MI6 officer Gareth Williams. In 2012 he helped to coordinate the search of the woods around Mark Bridger’s house. https://www.specialistgroupinternational.com/ Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt   Producer: Laura Makela   Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway   Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other   End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
47:21 3/23/22
S3 Ep6: Fibre analysis and Operation Airlines
In 1996 the IRA were planning a major bombing campaign. Their targets were the electrical substations around Greater London. Had they been successful it would have crippled the electricity supply of south-east England. Fortunately, the police launched Operation Airlines, a covert investigation to foil the campaign and gather evidence to prosecute those planning it.   Forensic fibres expert Dr Ann Priston joins Lynda and Cass to discuss her memories of analysing the evidence that linked the prime suspects to the bombs they had built.  Dr Priston is currently working with the charity Inside Justice, investigating alleged miscarriages of justice. You can learn more about their work here: https://www.insidejustice.co.uk  Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
39:03 3/16/22
S3 Ep5: DNA and the cases of Colin Pitchfork & Colette Aram
The investigation into the murderer Colin Pitchfork is referenced in forensic courses around the world. Why? Because it was the first case where DNA screening was used. From the team responsible for this remarkable break-through, Lynda and Cass welcome Dr Tim Clayton. Tim discusses the cases of Colin Pitchfork, and later that of Colette Aram, and explains how they developed the DNA screening programme, its limitations and how it was refined into the crucial investigative tool it is today.  Dr Timothy Clayton has close to 30 years of criminal casework experience in both the public sector, and after the closure of the FSS, in the private sector. He is an authority in the field of forensic biology and has an extensive research history as you’ll hear in this episode. In 2013, his work was recognized in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s List when he received an MBE for his contribution to forensic science and the administration of Criminal Justice. Tim is currently Senior Forensic Scientist at Eurofins Forensic Services, one of the largest private providers of forensic services in the UK: https://www.eurofins.co.uk/forensic-services/ Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
50:24 3/9/22
S3 Ep3: Offender Profiling and the murders of Yvonne Killian and Rachel Nickell
Lynda and Cass are joined by Pippa Gregory – Behavioural Investigative Advisor – and one of only three criminal profilers working in the UK today. She discusses the infamous cases of Yvonne Killian and Rachel Nickell - two investigations where criminal profiling was testing and found wanting. The fallout from these two cases led to the practice of criminal profiling being questioned and mistrusted by the police and public for some years. While Pippa Gregory was not directly involved in either case, the impact of them is still felt by Behavioural Investigative Advisors today. Pippa has been involved in supporting major crime investigations for over twenty-five years. In 1999, she was asked to take on the position of Principal Analyst for Surrey Police and in 2001 joined the Serious Crime Analysis Section (SCAS) as Principal Analyst. Pippa returned to a full-time BIA role in February 2009, providing specialist behavioural advice to major crime investigations and has supported over 300 major crime investigations in this capacity. She has been an NPCC Approved Behavioural Investigative Adviser since 1998.  She is also a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in the UK. Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  The Real Cracker was an Oxford Films production. Sadly we can currently only find one episode on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MybjI5KQbLs Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
50:19 2/23/22
S3 Ep2: Fingerprinting and the Great Train Robbery
We start Season 3 with an absolute cracker as Lynda, Cass and Jon discuss the forensics behind the Great Train Robbery with some of those who were involved. In a world first, Listening to the Dead brings together the son of the robbery's mastermind, Bruce Reynolds, with a fingerprint expert who worked on the case back in 1963. Sit back and enjoy a lively discussion about planted evidence, bungling robbers, the swinging Sixties, betrayal, distrust and life on the run. Jack Deans was just starting out in the Met Police's fingerprint department when the robbery happened and remembers manually searching the Met's paper database for the robbers' prints. He went on to have a 50 year career in fingerprinting. Nick Reynolds was a toddler when the robbery was committed and his earliest memories are of being on the run with his father in Central America along with 'uncles' Ronnie and Buster. After his father's arrest Nick visited him in prison and was part of the team that brought Ronnie Biggs back to the UK in 2001. Today he is a successful musician and frequent contributor to documentaries on the robbery. Chris Pickard worked with Ronnie Biggs on his renowned autobiography Odd Man Out (an updated edition is publishing this year) and is an authority on the Great Train Robbery.   Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Nick Reynolds' band Alabama 3 is touring in 2022. Find out more at https://www.alabama3.co.uk. Nick is also one of the world’s leading death mask sculptors. You can learn more about his extraordinary craft at http://deathmasks.uk. Jack Deans still advises and speaks on fingerprinting: http://independent-experts.co.uk/deans.html Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
54:59 2/16/22
S3 Ep4: Handwriting and the Yorkshire Ripper Hoax
In October 1975, Peter Sutcliffe committed his first murder. Over the next five years he went on to become one of the UK’s worst serial killers. One of the main reasons the police took so long to find him was because they were sent off in the wrong direction by a series of hoax letters and a tape purporting to be from the killer.  Nicknamed Weirside Jack, the perpetrator was never identified at the time. It wasn’t until 25 years later that Chris Davies – a forensic document examiner – got his hands on the letters. Chris joins Lynda and Cass to discuss how Weirside Jack was finally brought to justice.  Christopher Davies started work in the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1981 where he was trained in questioned document examination. He continued to work in London when the Metropolitan Police Laboratory became part of the Forensic Science Service in 1996. He became one of the senior document examiners responsible for dealing with serious crime, including counterterrorism, cases. In 2010 he left the London Laboratory when the Questioned Documents Section there was closed and continues to work as an independent consultant. Lynda's new novel Vanished is out on March 31st 2022 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
41:00 2/2/22
S3 Ep1: Season 3 Trailer
Here we go then - let's kick off Season 3 of Listening to the Dead as we once more peel back the curtain of crime and reveal the forensics that cracked some of Britain's most famous cases. From the Great Train Robbery to the Yorkshire Ripper, we speak to some of those involved and hear astonishing revelations about the crimes, investigations forensics and protagonists.  Join Lynda and Cass and get closer to crime! Subscribe now and don't miss the first episode on the Great Train Robbery out on 16th February 2022.
01:29 1/20/22
S2 Ep8: Live at Crime Con
 CORRECTION! 2nd Dec 2021. Apologies listeners, we previously uploaded a part-edited version of this episode in error. This one is now the real deal. We hope you enjoy it.  Bonus episode recorded live at CrimeCon 2021 in London. Lynda and Cass look back at two seasons of Listening to the Dead and share more stories about the forensic experts and cases that have fascinated us most. 
41:55 12/2/21
S2 Ep7: Cause of Death – Unknown
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** A bumper episode to end the season!  In 15% of homicide cases involving a female victim, the cause of death is unknown. Despite the huge advances in post-mortem sciences, pathologists are still faced with cases of suspicious death where the cause of death cannot be conclusively proved.  In this episode the team talk to a former member of the Thames River Police, Robert Jeffries, who worked on numerous cases where the cause of death could not be immediately established. They are also joined by Professor Angela Gallop, from Forensic Access (www.forensic-access.co.uk), one of the UK's leading experts in cold case investigations.  Please note that some listeners may find elements of the cases disturbing. Over six episodes, the team have investigated six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.     If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.   Subscribe now!   Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.  Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ And if you want to learn more about the Thames River Police you can visit Robert at his museum: www.thamespolicemuseum.org.uk/museum.html Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
60:21 4/7/21
S2 Ep6: Cause of Death – Poisoning
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** A rarely seen method of murder today (outside of novels and state-sponsored assassination) but one of the most fascinating and challenging to investigate. A favourite of authors for generations, poisoning has appeared in some of the most famous crime novels as well as historic cases of murder and suicide. The team are joined by experienced toxicologist Victoria Jenkins from Forensic Access (www.forensic-access.co.uk) to discuss how hair and nails can be used to detect the presence of drugs and poisons, and the past, present and future of this ancient cause of death. Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.     If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now!    Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook. Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/  Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
45:13 3/31/21
S2 Ep5: Cause of Death – Strangulation
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** In this episode the team are joined by pathologist Dr Brett Lockyer, part of the experienced team at Forensic Access (www.forensic-access.co.uk), as he reveals how to tell the difference between strangulation and hanging during a post mortem, and where best to look for evidence that a suicide is not what it seems.    Sadly, strangulation is the most common form of murder of women in the UK. Traditionally considered to be a crime of passion, it’s also a common form of domestic abuse, which is why attempted strangulation has recently been criminalised.   Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.     If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now! Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/  Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
34:08 3/17/21
S2 Ep4: Cause of Death – Gunshot Wound
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** Unlike in America, there is little debate between pro-gun control and pro-gun ownership lobbies in the UK. There is general public consensus against ownership of handguns, which is enforced under strict legislation. Despite these strong sentiments, the UK has not averted gun crime by any means.   In the year ending 31 March 2019, there were a total of 6,759 firearm offences recorded in the England & Wales. This was an increase of 4% compared with the previous year and the highest recorded number since 7,040 in 2010/11. Handguns are most commonly used and rifles remain the least commonly used in firearm offences.   In this episode the team are joined by Former Senior Forensic Scientist specialising in Firearms and Wound Ballistics and an internationally-renowned expert in the field, David Pryor. As the ballistics expert called to the scene of the shooting of Jill Dando, David’s analysis and subsequent evidence were critical to the case. In the episode he joins the Listening to the Dead team to discuss his memories of those frantic days and his years of experience in identifying ballistics evidence.   Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.     If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.   Subscribe now!    Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.   Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/  Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
46:09 3/10/21
S2 Ep3: Cause of Death – Terrorism & Mass Disaster
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** From terrorist attacks to war zones, from earthquakes to floods, mass disasters are some of the most difficult and harrowing cases for police and forensic teams to investigate. Whether it’s identifying body parts or tracing a bomb factory from a tiny fragment of a device, the clues are often minuscule and highly disturbing.  In this episode, the team are joined by former anti-terrorism branch and SO13 officer David Alexander as he discusses his extraordinary experiences working on IRA bombings, the 7/7 attacks and investigating war crimes in Kosovo. Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.     If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now! Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.   Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/  Credits   This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK   Host & Director: Jon Watt  Producer: Laura Makela  Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
45:18 3/3/21
S2 Ep2: Cause of Death - Blunt Force
**We apologise for the variable sound quality on some of the season two episodes which were recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Please don't judge us too harshly - we're back in studio in season 3!** The Listening to the Dead team are back for a new season looking at causes of death and the investigative techniques that surround them. This episode we welcome back pathologist Dr Stuart Hamilton to discuss his experiences in investigating blunt force homicide.  Three of the six causes of death in the board game Cluedo are blunt force trauma – which nicely sums up the prevalence of this cause of death. It’s the second most common form of homicide in the UK. But it’s also one of the most difficult to investigate – what weapon was used, which blow actually that killed the victim?  Over six episodes, the team will investigate six causes of death: talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and discussing some famous cases.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now!   Lynda's new novel Judas Horse is out on 1st April 2021 in hardback, ebook and audiobook.    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ You can read more about Dr Stuart Hamilton and his work at the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University of Leicester here: https://www.forensic-access.co.uk/our-people/expert-witnesses/dr-stuart-hamilton/ Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Host & Director: Jon Watt Producer: Laura Makela Sound Engineer: Chris Attaway Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other End music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
44:12 2/24/21
S2 Ep1: Season 2 - Coming Soon!
Get ready for Listening to the Dead Season 2: Cause of Death! More crimes, more forensics, more revelations. Subscribe now and don't miss episode one on 24th February 2021. 
01:27 1/28/21
S1 Ep8: Forensic Fibre Analysis
Fibre analysis is one most important resources in forensic science. The discovery of fibres evidence is essential when determining what an attacker or killer was wearing at the time of an incident.  In this bonus episode, Lynda and Cass are joined by former President of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Dr Ann Priston. A leading expert in forensic fibre analysis, Dr Priston visits Lynda at her home to discuss how exhaustive fibre analysis has helped to solve some of the most infamous and difficult cases. This bonus episode is the last in the first season of Listening to the Dead in which Lynda and Cass have investigated seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now!   Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Dr Priston currently works with the charity Inside Justice, investigating alleged miscarriages of justice. You can learn more about their work here: https://www.insidejustice.co.uk/about-inside-justice/advisory-panel.php
49:23 4/10/20
S1 Ep7: Pathology
Perhaps the most well-known of all the forensic sciences, portrayed in books and films for years, it's the pathologists job to establish cause of death. But what is the real-life experience of a pathologist like: can they really give time of death so quickly; what can they really tell about cause of death from a body at the scene and in the mortuary; and are they really on first name terms with detectives?  This episode Lynda and Cass are joined by veteran pathologist Dr Stuart Hamilton who reveals how pathologists bring together many of the other forms forensic evidence to inform their conclusions.    This is the sixth of a seven part series during which Lynda and Cass investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.   Subscribe now!    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ You can read more about Dr Stuart Hamilton and his work at the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit at the University of Leicester here: https://www.forensic-access.co.uk/our-people/expert-witnesses/dr-stuart-hamilton/   Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Director: Jon Watt  Assistant Director: Laura Makela  Producer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  Interview music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
32:06 4/2/20
S1 Ep6: Digital Forensics
One of the newest and fastest evolving forensic disciplines, this science of extracting evidence from digital devices has become a central part of police investigations. From phones to Fitbits, from laptops to smart speakers, digital devices are ubiquitous in our lives and that means that we all leave a trail – a digital footprint – that forensics can follow.   Join Lynda, Cass and industry expert Dr Jan Collie as they discuss the dark web, digital profiling and Jan's experiences analysing the digital devices of terrorists, paedophiles and murderers – just don't forget to change your passwords!   Over seven episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene. 
32:30 3/26/20
S1 Ep5: Forensic Entomology
In this episode, Lynda and Cass explore the science of forensic entomology – the study of how insects and bugs interact with a cadaver. At times it sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s a vital part of many police investigations, giving clues as to time of death and whether a body might have been moved.   As Cass meets Dr Martin Hall in his lab at the Natural History Museum and gets hands-on with some maggots, Lynda recalls her first encounter with entomology at a murder scene.    From extracting evidential DNA from insects that have drunk blood, to blow flies acting as sniffer dogs to help locate a corpse, forensic entomology is one of the most exciting, fast-moving and fascinating forensic disciplines.    Over seven episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.   Subscribe now!    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ You can read more about Martin’s work at the NHM here: www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/martin-hall.html      Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Director: Jon Watt  Assistant Director: Laura Makela  Producer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  Interview music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
30:29 3/19/20
S1 Ep4: DNA and Blood Forensics
In 1986 the world of forensics changed forever when a British scientist discovered that patterns in some regions of a person’s DNA could be used to distinguish one individual from another.  For a CSI like Cass Sutherland, it meant changing his whole approach to investigating a crime scene and learning how this new evidence should be interpreted.  For an author like Lynda La Plante, it changed crime writing more than anything else in her long career.  For bloody pattern analysis expert Dr Peter Smith, it meant retraining in a whole new skill: using different tools to find bodily fluids, identifying new types of evidence and ultimately understanding how DNA could be made to stand up in court.  In this episode, Lynda and Cass unravel the scientific breakthrough that changed criminal investigation forever.  Over seven episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now!    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/  Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Director: Jon Watt  Assistant Director: Laura Makela  Producer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  Interview music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
33:22 3/12/20
S1 Ep3: Fire Investigation Forensics
In this episode, Lynda and Cass turn their attention to the forensic investigation of fire with Dr Peter Mansi. A former fireman and colleague of Cass’, Peter is now an internationally renowned fire investigator who has worked on some of the most infamous cases or arson and accidental fire, including the recent tragedy at Grenfell.  Peter reveals to Lynda and Cass how he goes about investigating a fire, from reconstructing rooms to study fire behaviour, to tracking an ignition source and reading the smoke signals.    As Lynda says: ‘It’s almost as if the fire becomes a living thing – a killer to be hunted.’  Over seven episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.    If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now!    Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ You can read more about Peter’s work here: https://www.fireinvestigationsuk.com.      Credits  This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK  Director: Jon Watt  Assistant Director: Laura Makela  Producer: Chris Attaway  Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other  Interview music: Sweeney by Mike Relm   
32:11 3/5/20
S1 Ep2: Forensic Botany & Ecology
Lynda and Cass kick off their new podcast series by exploring the fascinating world of forensic botany and ecology with leading expert Professor Patricia Wiltshire.  The team discuss how plant regrowth can be used to track a killer’s path months after a crime was committed and the infamous Soham murders – a case that Patricia's botanical evidence helped to crack and a trail that Lynda attended. Over seven episodes, Lynda and Cass will investigate seven branches of forensics: discussing their own experiences, talking with experts, hearing how real life crime scenes are worked, exploring the latest innovations and demonstrating how CSI fact is even more thrilling than CSI fiction.   If you want to know what criminal investigation is like in real life, then get ready for a podcast that puts YOU at the crime scene.  Subscribe now! Discover more at: www.lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ Patricia Wilshire's new book Traces - The Memoir of the forensic scientist is out now in audiobook, ebook and paperback. Credits This podcast was made by Bonnier Books UK Director: Jon Watt Assistant Director: Laura Makela Producer: Chris Attaway Theme music: Game Over by Magic in the Other Interview music: Sweeney by Mike Relm 
31:52 2/27/20
S1 Ep1: Trailer
Introducing the new Listening to the Dead podcast with Lynda La Plante and CSI Cass Sutherland! First episode out on 27th February.  Subscribe now!
02:34 2/3/20

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