• Summary

  • 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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Episodes
  • Mar 23 2022
    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. 

    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 
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    47 mins
  • Mar 16 2022
    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. 

    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 


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    39 mins
  • Mar 9 2022
    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. 

    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 
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    50 mins

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  • J M Brown
  • 01-26-22

Awful!

Volume is all over the place!
Huge pauses between narratives which make you think it's stopped.
Too uncomfortable for me, I'm afraid.

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  • MISS Danielle Stacey JONES
  • 11-05-21

Brilliant

I absolutely loved the different aspects of forensics, I mean learning that pollen wriggles deep into the fibres of your clothes and you cannot get rid of it, will definitely put me off murdering again 🤣 Seriously though it is really interesting. Mentions cases in the public eye, interviews experts and its Lynda LaPlante guys come on!