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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - Episode 3

Updated Friday, 15th May 2015

The key piece of evidence that detectives are desperate to find is the murder weapon.

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Image of Gabriel Weston firing a gun. Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Tom Hayward - BBC Gabriel Weston firing an old style Webley revolver. This make of gun was central to the shooting of a police officer in 1927. This case gave birth to the science of ballistics. Instruments of Murder - About the episode

In the final episode of Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story we look at four weapons that are used to kill but not all of them are obvious. Poison and the case of Marie Lafarge 1840, ballistics and the jockey cap killer of PC Gutteridge 1927. We also examine how the rule book for fire investigation had to be re written after the suspected arson case of Gerald Lewis in Florida 1990. Finally the stabbing of Joan Pearl Wolfe at the hands of her soldier boyfriend in 1943. We look at how examination of the marks left behind on the body identified the knife used in the attack and led directly to the killer.

This episode guide is for the OU/BBC series Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story. To find out more about the programmes and forensics go to the main series page

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