Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story is a Documentary programme.

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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Series in which surgeon Gabriel Weston explores the history and development of forensic science. In this final episode, Gabriel investigates the forensic advances that have elevated the murder weapon from its role of mere evidence to that of key witness. Arsenic, the undetectable weapon of choice in the 19th century, was exposed as the murder weapon with one simple chemical test, and distinctive marks left on a victim's skull led detectives to the murder weapon and the killer. Gabriel also looks to the future and the latest advances in forensics. Scientists have developed 3D laser scanning that can be used to reconstruct the exact sequence of events at the scene of a gun crime and decipher whether a shooting was murder or self-defence. Gabriel also investigates the pioneering chemistry that can now determine where in the world someone has spent time based on just a few strands of their hair. episode 3.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 June 1st, 11:30pm. See more...