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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


A pinch of meth is good – for 2-10 years

Dave and I were in the USA researching law enforcement for Believe No One (#2 in the Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller series). We were in a Tulsa PD conference room, observing an interrogation via video link: the two-way mirror favoured by TV cop shows… Read more


Graphic violence in crime fiction: a necessary evil?

I recently received a review for Believe No One which was favourable overall, but the reviewer described ‘harrowing and graphic descriptions’ of the violence perpetrated on the victims.  I have used graphic descriptions in my novels on occasions, but I didn’t think this was one… Read more


Burglaries – a short introduction

By Dave Barclay When attempting to retrieve evidence at the scene of a burglary, the CSI or forensic scientist needs to mentally step through what the burglar did, thinking all the time about points of contact and what evidence they might have left. In distraction burglaries,… Read more


Writing collaboration – how does THAT work?

A.D. Garrett is the writing collaboration between Dagger Award-winning novelist Margaret Murphy and forensic scientist, Professor Dave Barclay. Together, they write forensic thrillers. It all began in 2008, Liverpool’s year as Capital of Culture. The city hosted the BA Science Festival, and The Macaulay Institute wanted to… Read more


Chief Medical Examiner, and a 30 year-old Cold Case

Day 14, US research trip (final day), Believe No One Believe No One takes Fennimore & Simms to the United States Mid West. These blogs document the places we visited and people we met during the research trip. Monday,14th May 2012 Chief Medical Examiner Dr… Read more


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