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The Pusher: serial killer, Urban Myth, or Bad Stats?

‘There’s a serial killer on the loose in Manchester,’ one of my creative writing students said. As a mystery writer I was agog to know more. Over a period of six years, scores of young men had turned up in rivers and canals around Manchester…. Read more


Psychopathic killers – is it pointless asking why?

The new Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller, BELIEVE NO ONE, features Sheriff Launer, a ‘My rodeo, my rules’ kind of guy. He’s part of an Interstate Task Force investigating a series of murders. He tells the forensic psychologist, ‘I guess it’s your job to try… Read more


How to Spot a Psychopath

Psychopaths are far more commonplace than you would think. In my last blog, I wrote about a burglary suspect who reminded me of Dennis Nilsen, who was convicted in 1983 of murdering 15 young men. He kept the bodies for weeks, eventually dismembering them, burning… Read more


Basic Principles of Forensic Science

Basic principles of forensic science By Dave Barclay Prof. Edmund Locard wrote in various papers and books published around the time of the first world war that every contact leaves a trace. This is also called Locard’s exchange principle, and refers to the transfer of… Read more


Hairs and fibres

Hairs and fibres by Dave Barclay Hairs and fibres are the most commonly transferred materials during physical contact between two people. The closer and more long lasting the contact the greater the chance of a two way transfer, which provides the strongest evidence. This means… Read more