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Forensic Science: A Brief History of CSI

Forensic Science: A Brief History of CSI

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  •  19-23 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Suitable for: Adults
Angela Buckley is a crime history author. Her first book was the popular detective biography, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada. Her work has feature... More Info »
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How did 19th century CSI Investigators look for vital evidence? Which techniques are still used today? Did Victorians really believe a photo of the victims eyes could help catch a glimpse of their killer? Join author & historian Angela Buckley, for a fascinating look into the past - where we learn about the grisly and sometimes bizarre beginnings of Forensic Science.

The sleuthing adventures of Sherlock Holmes still capture our imagination over a century after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned his first story. Today, we are fascinated by crime scene investigation and avidly follow the exploits of modern forensic experts on TV and in the press, as they collect samples from a complex murder scene for DNA analysis. But how did these techniques develop? And, how did the Victorian investigators first learn the skills needed to tackle serious crime?

This talk will explore the groundbreaking work of the pioneers in forensic science in their fight against crime. It will reveal how the practice of managing ‘dead bodies’ developed through the nineteenth century, and how investigators learnt how to look for vital evidence in murder cases. It will include early CSI techniques, such as footprints, blood analysis, fingerprinting, crime scene photography, and the bizarre Victorian practice of photographing a victim’s eyes to catch a glimpse of their killer.

The talk will draw on real-life examples from the trail-blazing casebooks of Victorian investigators, including some of the most notorious murderers in history, such as Dr Crippen, John Christie, and ‘Jack the Ripper’. Through these iconic cases, it will reveal the fascinating story of how innovative investigative strategies used in historical homicides paved the way for modern CSI.

Venue: Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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