The real CSI: what happens at a crime scene?

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 17:30 in Psychology & Sociology

From the diver who finds the body parts, to the forensic specialist who identifies flecks of paint on the victim and the handwriting expert who examines the killer's notes... What happens behind the yellow tape of one crime sceneOn 19 February 2001, a bag was found in London's Regent's Canal, containing the dismembered corpse of a 31-year-old woman. Paula Fields was a mother of three who had become involved in drugs and prostitution. Police eventually linked the crime to John Sweeney, who was captured in March 2001, after seven years on the run for trying to kill a former girlfriend, Delia Balmer. Thanks to new DNA evidence, Sweeney was linked to another crime: the 1990 murder of an American woman named Melissa Halstead, whose body was found in the Westersingel canal in Rotterdam. On 4 April 2011, Sweeney was given a "whole life" sentence for the murders of Fields and Halstead.John Cockram, crime...

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