Listening to the Dead - Forensics uncovered

Listening to the Dead - Forensics uncovered

By Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland

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.

Episodes

8: Episode 7 – 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: http://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
10/04/2049m 23s

7: Episode 6 – 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: http://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
02/04/2032m 6s

6: Episode 5 – 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.
26/03/2032m 30s

5: Episode 4 – 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: http://lyndalaplante.com/listening-to-the-dead/ You can read more about Martin’s work at the NHM here: http://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
19/03/2030m 29s

4: Episode 3 – 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: http://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
12/03/2033m 22s

3: Episode 2 – 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: http://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
05/03/2032m 11s

2: Episode 1 – 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: http://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
03/03/2031m 52s

1: 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!
03/03/202m 34s
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