8 episodes

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.

Listening to the Dead - Forensics uncovered Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland

    • True Crime
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

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.

    Episode 7 – Forensic Fibre Analysis

    Episode 7 – Forensic Fibre Analysis

    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 this fascinating science.

    • 49 min
    Episode 6 – Pathology

    Episode 6 – Pathology

    Perhaps the most well-known of all the forensic sciences it's the pathologists job to establish cause of death.

    • 32 min
    Episode 5 – Digital Forensics

    Episode 5 – Digital Forensics

    One of the fastest evolving forensic disciplines, this science of extracting evidence from phones and laptops has become a central part of police investigations. Lynda and Cass are joined by industry expert Dr Jan Collie.

    • 32 min
    Episode 4 – Forensic Entomology

    Episode 4 – Forensic Entomology

    What can a fly on the wall tell us about a crime scene? It can tell Dr Martin Hall a lot as Lynda and Cass discover in this episode exploring the fascinating world of forensic entomology.

    • 30 min
    Episode 3 – DNA and Blood Forensics

    Episode 3 – DNA and Blood Forensics

    Dr Peter Smith joins Lynda and Cass to unravel how the arrival of DNA analysis transformed forensics.

    • 33 min
    Episode 2 – Fire Investigation Forensics

    Episode 2 – Fire Investigation Forensics

    From towering infernos to destroying evidence, Lynda and Cass discover more about investigating arson with international fire expert Dr Peter Mansi.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Rosemary Valdez ,

Exceptional forensic podcast

You can get a great overview of each of the specialized forensic areas with interviews with scientists at the top of their fields. Great format and easy to understand.

Top Podcasts In True Crime

Listeners Also Subscribed To