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

Date and Time: 

November 14, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

Smith 306

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. The Christie investigation enables an examination of the ways that the traditional corpse-centred approach to murder investigation was being re-shaped by new approaches to the crime scene.

*Free and Open to the Public