The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI
His name was Bernard Spilsbury-and, through his use of cutting-edge science, he single-handedly brought criminal investigations into the modern age. Starting out as a young, charismatic physician in early twentieth-century Britain, Spilsbury hit the English justice sy ...more
He drastically changed the face of forensics and the use of medical experts in court. He studied the scene, the body inside and out and the killer meticulously, all ...more
It was certainly an interesting read. Not especially gripping in a murder-mystery kinda way. And I didn't come away feeling like this guy was *that* amazing. I guess he was pretty amazing at the time, and in England. But it felt like saying he was The Father of Forensics was a bit of a stretch. It read more like he was The Father ...more
This book does ...more
Nowadays the forensic pathologist is commonplace in court and people are well aware of the general types of things that they can do with fingerprints, DNA analysis, projectiles and crime scene investigation. But at the turn of the 19th century the English were well behind their continental cousins with regards to ascertaining the facts behind murders and deaths of people.
Spilsbury was ...more
This book would have been greatly improved by focusing more on what happened with the murders and how Spilsbury found compelling evidence one way or the other and less on details about the trials.
At some point I fe ...more
Since Spilsbury was a man consumed by his work, it's not surprising that the most interesting aspect of the book is Evans' discussion of the cases Spilsbury testified in, from George Joseph Smith (the Brides in the Bath man) and Hawley Harvey Crippen to the Wartime Ripper, Gordon Cummins. Evans writes very clearly, both about the murders and about the forensics of catching the killers, and he's very careful to include discussion of ...more
This book focuses on some of his most famous cases, and his professional career.
Fascinating book about a fascinating man.
I particularly like the way Colin Evans goes into detail about the forensics and all of the steps taken for the scientists to reach their c ...more
Exceedingly interesting and well written, I'm not a great fan of biographies but this book blends biographical detail with case histories which makes for an easier read. If I have one complaint it is that the cases mentioned in the epilogue weren't included in the main body of the book, the individuals Spilsbury saved from the gallows are as interesting as those he condemned to it.
It's an interesting account of both the advances in forensics and getting the sc ...more
The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI is a very interesting and well researched book. Author Colin Evans has done a great job of combining the front-page crimes with the mundane ones to weave together a compelling history of how one individual, Bernard Spilsbury (http://viaf.org/viaf/77764134/), helped create a scientific movement....more