In this episode, we look at a couple of true stories of forensic scientists.
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.
00:00 Opening Credits
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.