Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

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Traces of Guilt

Series 1 - Episode 2 Traces of Guilt



True crime nerds, prepare to be transported to heaven by surgeon and author Gabriel Weston as she beats the hell out of a bloodied pork joint with a baseball bat. She’s not tenderising meat, but demonstrating blood spatter patterns.

It’s a fascinating exploration of the historical use of science to solve crimes. Weston – obviously no stranger to blood – is a helpful guide and she knows her stuff, showing immense enthusiasm for aged murders – notably the bludgeoning of an Ohio women in 1955 – where forensics either sealed convictions or cleared the innocent.

You’ll love all of the stuff about soil analysis (a CSI staple) when Weston surrenders her muddy wellies and puts experts to the test.


Surgeon Gabriel Weston explores cases that were cracked by examining the smallest traces of forensic evidence. They include the first murder case solved in the UK based on fingerprint evidence to the patterns of blood in a bedroom which helped overturn an infamous murder conviction. Gabriel also reveals the cutting-edge techniques that are proving vital to catch the killers of today.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gabriel Weston
Executive Producer Jacqueline Smith
Series Producer Graeme Thomson
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