Episode 116: Crime Fighters

Crime scene.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Carlos A. Martinez.

From primetime to print, forensic scientists are usually depicted as courtroom heroes, but their real-life work makes for more than a thrilling story. On today's episode we look at how chemistry has contributed to crime-solving over the centuries. We begin with Palmer the Poisoner, whose sensational 1856 trial featured a pivotal appearance by the father of British forensic medicine, Alfred Swaine Taylor. Next, reporter Peter O'Dowd sits down with forensic scientist Michael Eyring to discuss more modern forensic investigations, including the biggest serial murder case in U.S. history. 

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:17 Palmer the Poisoner
04:59 Interview with Michael Eyring
13:59 Closing Credits


Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley and Magnatune. Additional music includes "NaSoPiAlMo No. 5," by Eponymous 4, and "Stinky Vegetables," by Nalts.

Special thanks to Esther D'Amico for researching this show.

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