Thursday, November 14, 2013

The House of Murder: The Christie Investigation and the Making of the Modern Crime Scene

This talk uses the notorious case of the serial murderer John Christie (1953) to explore the relationship between two dominant paradigms of twentieth-century forensic homicide investigation: a body-centred forensics, associated with the "celebrity" lone pathologist, his scalpel and the mortuary slab; and a "forensics of things," based in the laboratory and geared to the analysis of traces harvested from the regimentally managed crime scene.