S4 Ep1: Fraud Forensics with Tony Sales
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
4M ago
For twenty years, Tony Sales was Britain's biggest fraudster. From cloning credit cards and identities to emptying cash machines and being a confidence trickster, Tony knew how to make money.  In this first episode of the new series of Listening to the Dead, Lynda and Cass are joined by Tony and his colleague, former Head of the Fraud Squad Andy McDonald about fraud, to discuss fraud: how investigating it has evolved, the current threats, the impact on victims and the devastating iSpoof case of 2023.  As a fraudster, Sales could make people believe whatever he wanted them to. As ana ..read more
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S4 Ep1: Live at Crime Con 2023
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
1y ago
The Listening to the Dead crew return to Crime Con in London for another live recording. In this episode the team are joined by renowned forensic podiatrist Haydn Kelly to discuss his remarkable career and the first use of forensic gait analysis as expert evidence in criminal law at The Old Bailey in the trial of jewellery thief John Saunders. From Shakespeare to the Usual Suspects, a person's gait is mentioned time and again. But how much can you really tell from a person's gait? More than you might think!  ..read more
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S3 Ep7: Forensic searches and the murder of April Jones
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
In this final episode we’re discussing forensic searches: searches for bodies, searches for evidence, searches for criminals. Lynda and Cass focus on the tragic case of April Jones, the 5-year-old who went missing in Wales in 2012. The police search was one of the largest ever mounted. It lasted six months, and though an arrest was made, of Mark Bridger, April’s body was never found. In this episode we reunite two forensic search experts who worked in different capacities on this harrowing and challenging case. Julie Roberts is a hugely experienced forensic anthropologist and archaeologist w ..read more
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S3 Ep6: S3 E5. Fibre analysis and Operation Airlines
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
In 1996 the IRA were planning a major bombing campaign. Their targets were the electrical substations around Greater London. Had they been successful it would have crippled the electricity supply of south-east England. Fortunately, the police launched Operation Airlines, a covert investigation to foil the campaign and gather evidence to prosecute those planning it.   Forensic fibres expert Dr Ann Priston joins Lynda and Cass to discuss her memories of analysing the evidence that linked the prime suspects to the bombs they had built.  Dr Priston is currently working with the charity ..read more
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S3 Ep5: S3 E4. DNA and the cases of Colin Pitchfork & Colette Aram
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
The investigation into the murderer Colin Pitchfork is referenced in forensic courses around the world. Why? Because it was the first case where DNA screening was used. From the team responsible for this remarkable break-through, Lynda and Cass welcome Dr Tim Clayton. Tim discusses the cases of Colin Pitchfork, and later that of Colette Aram, and explains how they developed the DNA screening programme, its limitations and how it was refined into the crucial investigative tool it is today.  Dr Timothy Clayton has close to 30 years of criminal casework experience in both the public sector ..read more
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S3 Ep4: S3 E3. Handwriting and the Yorkshire Ripper Hoax
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
In October 1975, Peter Sutcliffe committed his first murder. Over the next five years he went on to become one of the UK’s worst serial killers. One of the main reasons the police took so long to find him was because they were sent off in the wrong direction by a series of hoax letters and a tape purporting to be from the killer.  Nicknamed Weirside Jack, the perpetrator was never identified at the time. It wasn’t until 25 years later that Chris Davies – a forensic document examiner – got his hands on the letters. Chris joins Lynda and Cass to discuss how Weirside Jack was finally brought ..read more
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S3 Ep3: S3 E2. Offender Profiling and the murders of Yvonne Killian and Rachel Nickell
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
Lynda and Cass are joined by Pippa Gregory – Behavioural Investigative Advisor – and one of only three criminal profilers working in the UK today. She discusses the infamous cases of Yvonne Killian and Rachel Nickell - two investigations where criminal profiling was testing and found wanting. The fallout from these two cases led to the practice of criminal profiling being questioned and mistrusted by the police and public for some years. While Pippa Gregory was not directly involved in either case, the impact of them is still felt by Behavioural Investigative Advisors today. Pippa has been in ..read more
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S3 Ep2: S3 E1. Fingerprinting and the Great Train Robbery
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
We start Season 3 with an absolute cracker as Lynda, Cass and Jon discuss the forensics behind the Great Train Robbery with some of those who were involved. In a world first, Listening to the Dead brings together the son of the robbery's mastermind, Bruce Reynolds, with a fingerprint expert who worked on the case back in 1963. Sit back and enjoy a lively discussion about planted evidence, bungling robbers, the swinging Sixties, betrayal, distrust and life on the run. Jack Deans was just starting out in the Met Police's fingerprint department when the robbery happened and remembers manually se ..read more
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S3 Ep1: Season 3 Trailer
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
Here we go then - let's kick off Season 3 of Listening to the Dead as we once more peel back the curtain of crime and reveal the forensics that cracked some of Britain's most famous cases. From the Great Train Robbery to the Yorkshire Ripper, we speak to some of those involved and hear astonishing revelations about the crimes, investigations forensics and protagonists.  Join Lynda and Cass and get closer to crime! Subscribe now and don't miss the first episode on the Great Train Robbery out on 16th February 2022 ..read more
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S2 Ep8: S2 E7. Live at Crime Con
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by Lynda La Plante and Cass Sutherland
2y ago
 CORRECTION! 2nd Dec 2021. Apologies listeners, we previously uploaded a part-edited version of this episode in error. This one is now the real deal. We hope you enjoy it.  Bonus episode recorded live at CrimeCon 2021 in London. Lynda and Cass look back at two seasons of Listening to the Dead and share more stories about the forensic experts and cases that have fascinated us most.  ..read more
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