Forensics - The Anatomy Of Crime

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012014111020190812 (BBC7)
20190813 (BBC7)

By Val McDermid. The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, who they are, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Through forensic medicine, a corpse, the scene of a crime or a single hair can reveal the secrets that hold the truth and allow justice to be done. But how much do we really understand about forensics? What is it like to be a SCO (Scene of Crime Operative)? Attend an autopsy? Where did it come from? How reliable are its proofs?

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood and The Vanishing Point, delves into medical archives including interviews with scientists to answer these questions, exploring as far back as the murder of Julius Ceasar and early recorded forensic science in 13th-century China as well as famous modern cases.

Read by Val McDermid
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Allegra McIlroy

Crime writer Val McDermid delves into the history and development of forensic science.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

022014111120190813 (BBC7)
20190814 (BBC7)

By Val McDermid. Today, Entomology and Pathology – from a Chinese criminal investigation in 1247 to the case of Dr Crippen.

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood and The Vanishing Point, is fascinated by forensic science - the secrets it can reveal and the way it has altered the processes of justice. Val delves into medical archives and interviews scientists, exploring as far back as the murder of Julius Ceasar and early recorded forensic science in thirteenth century China as well as famous modern cases.

Read by Val McDermid
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Allegra McIlroy

Entomology and Pathology. Crime writer Val McDermid reads from her book on forensics.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

032014111220190814 (BBC7)
20190815 (BBC7)

By Val McDermid. Today, Val explores the astonishing developments in Crime Scene Investigation through fingerprinting and DNA evidence.

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood and The Vanishing Point, is fascinated by forensic science - the secrets it can reveal and the way it has altered the processes of justice. Val delves into medical archives and interviews scientists, exploring as far back as the murder of Julius Ceasar and early recorded forensic science in thirteenth century China as well as famous modern cases.

Read by Val McDermid
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Allegra McIlroy

Val McDermid explores how DNA evidence has transformed modern criminal investigations.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

042014111320190815 (BBC7)
20190816 (BBC7)

By Val McDermid. Today we hear about the use of Anthropology, Facial Reconstruction and Digital Forensics in Crime Scene Investigations – from ‘The Sausage King of Chicago’ in 1897 to the investigation of contemporary war crimes.

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood and The Vanishing Point, is fascinated by forensic science - the secrets it can reveal and the way it has altered the processes of justice. Val delves into medical archives and interviews scientists, exploring as far back as the murder of Julius Ceasar and early recorded forensic science in thirteenth century China as well as famous modern cases.

Read by Val McDermid
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Allegra McIlroy

How anthropology and facial reconstruction aid criminal investigations. Val McDermid reads

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

052014111420190816 (BBC7)
20190817 (BBC7)

By Val McDermid. Today Val reveals her personal interest in forensic science and how her research connects with her fiction.

Bestselling crime author Val McDermid, author of The Wire in the Blood and The Vanishing Point, is fascinated by forensic science - the secrets it can reveal and the way it has altered the processes of justice. Val delves into medical archives and interviews scientists, exploring as far back as the murder of Julius Ceasar and early recorded forensic science in thirteenth century China as well as famous modern cases.

Read by Val McDermid
Abridged by Sian Preece
Produced by Allegra McIlroy

Val McDermid reveals how her fascination with forensic science connects with her fiction.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres