How to Catch a Killer with Forensic Science

By on February 19, 2019

Today, justice can turn on a drop of blood or clothing fibre found at the scene of the crime. Meet the forensic scientist whose work helped crack the Stephen Lawrence investigation and many more.

Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on forensic science. From Making a Murder to Serial, the most famous murder trials of our time depend on the importance of forensic evidence. But what does a forensic scientist actually do? How do specks of skin and other, easily missable clues lead to convictions – or the exoneration of the innocent?

Professor Angela Gallop CBE has been a forensic scientist for more than 40 years. In this gripping talk, Angela will describe some of her most fascinating and intriguing cases – and reveal how they were cracked. She’ll describe critical advances in her field, and revisit the strangest and most eerie places that her career has taken her. And she will explain the pitfalls and positives of collecting evidence and the presentation of this evidence in court. If the flags of suspicion aren’t raised and no one investigates the oddities, vital clues can be overlooked. Success or failure to prosecute or defend hang on this attention to detail.

From the crime scene to the courtroom, Angela’s talk will reveal the remarkable story of a life spent searching for the truth.

Angela Gallop
Angela Gallop CBE is one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists. During a career spanning more than 40 years, she has driven change and transformation within the service, helping to establish the UK at the very pinnacle of forensic science.

A specialist in cold-case investigations, Angela has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging cases, including the deaths of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell, Roberto Calvi and many others. In 2015, Angela was awarded a CBE for her services to forensic science.

How to Catch a Killer with Forensic Science at University of Westminster – Portland Hall Lecture Room Monday 25th February 2019.

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