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.
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/
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