Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook PDF


Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook [PDF / EPUB] Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook A crime scene investigator notes the tiny indentations on the fragments of a tin can identified at a bomb site After months of testing he is able to match them to the can opener that made them – and A crime scene investigator notes the tiny the Skin Epub Þ indentations on the fragments of a tin can identified at a bomb site After months of testing he is able to match them to the can opener that made them – and lead police to the bomb maker who used itA forensic dentist documents the marks in chewing gum dropped by a thief during a burglary and matches Written on PDF/EPUB ² them to the teeth of the suspect A forensic physician examines an abused child reading the terrible alphabet that fists and weapons write on the skin and identifying a mother's hairbrush as the source of the tramline bruising on her daughter's legLiz Porter's riveting casebook shows how forensic investigators – including pathologists chemists entomologists DNA specialists and document examiners – have used their specialist knowledge to on the Skin PDF ✓ identify victims catch perpetrators exonerate innocent suspects and solve dozens of crimes and mysteries.

  • Paperback
  • 405 pages
  • Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook
  • Liz Porter
  • English
  • 11 May 2016
  • 9780330423342

About the Author: Liz Porter

Liz Porter is a journalist who began the Skin Epub Þ her career in Hong Kong and then worked in Sydney London and Stuttgart before returning to her home town of Melbourne where she is a feature writer for the Sunday Age She has won awards for her writing on legal issues and has published a novel She lives with her partner her daughter and the obligatory female writer Written on PDF/EPUB ² uota of two cats and is a hopelessly dev.



10 thoughts on “Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook

  1. says:

    I’ve never been particularly interested in crime novels mysteries or courtroom dramas and until I listened to the Serial podcast true crime was also on the ‘not particularly interested’ list But there was something about the meticulously produced Serial that sucked me in and it wasn’t just Sarah Koenig’s dulcet tones Since that time I’ve listened to other true crime podcasts and read a few booksLiz Porter’s book Written on the Skin – An Australian Forensic Casebook grabbed my attention because of the chapters on the use of DNA testing in forensic science – genes are always interestingThe book explores advances made in forensic science with reference to particular cases – this is where the massive improvements in DNA testing in the 80s and 90s changed the game ‘Reading’ teeth bones and skin are also covered Porter uses cases where forensic evidence sealed the guilty or not guilty verdict there are many cases where people have been wrongly jailed only for DNA testing years later to reveal a not guilty statusAlthough the book includes many high profile cases such as Lindy Chamberlain Jaidyn Leskie and the ‘body in the freezer’ there are lots that are unusual or lesser known Porter researched her book by asking forensic scientists about their most ‘memorable’ cases – that would have made for good dinner party conversationI’m not going to give a detailed review of this book you’ll either be keen to read 400 pages about forensic science or not but I will say that it is well written; makes for riveting reading; and isn’t loaded with unnecessarily gratuitous or grisly detail Porter gives clear summaries of the science behind particular aspects of forensic investigation and the roles of the various people involved – for example I never knew that a forensic entomologist was a specific jobWhile I was reading Written on the Skin a real time bit of DNA forensics hit the news – the arrest of the person suspected to be the notorious Golden State killer – a snotty tissue chucked in a bin was his undoing45 Fascinating

  2. says:

    This book is divided into ten sections Reading The Bones The Teeth etc In each section the writer gives a brief history of that specific area of forensic science and then uses real cases to illustrate the developments madeThe writer uses a wide variety of cases there are famous ones such as Lindy Chamberlain whose conviction was only overturned after DNA and blood spatter analysis of her daughter's jacket and the use of forensic dentistry to identify victims of the Bali bombing There are also weird ones such as the one armed man who committed suicide by shooting himself twice with a crossbowThere are also cases that will make your blood boil such as the man who is cleared of murdering his girlfriend's 23 month old daughter because so much of the evidence was not allowed to be presented to the jury on the grounds that it might prejudice them against the accused This wonderful example of a human being in his version of events left this child in the bath while he went outside to smoke he heard screaming from the bathroom and when he came back in the child had turned on the hot water tap and was sitting underneath it Using the shower he ran cold water over the girl for a few minutes then took her out of the bath and proceeded to dry her at which point her skin started peeling off The accused and the child's mother decided that instead of seeking medical help for the girl they would treat her with burn cream and paracetamol the accused was sent to the chemist to buy these things but first he had to go and by marajuana About seven that evening paramedics were called to the house as the girl had difficulty breathing but there was nothing they could do Forensic examination of the childs body revealed that the burns could not have happened the way the accused said so but that they were deliberately inflicted there were also bruises on the childs buttocks which the accused admitted he had inflicted by gently smacking the child with a brush At trial it was decided that the prosecuter could not ask the experts if the burns could have been caused accidently as a no answer might prejudice the jury also they would not be told about his detour to buy drugs again they might hold that against him can't imagine why they would do that At the end of the trial the jury were directed to find him not guilty however even if he couldn't have been found guilty of murder based on the evidence that was allowed surely he could have been found guilty of neglectOverall this is a really good read very informative and well presented

  3. says:

    A fascinating and informative read I cannot wait to Reread it

  4. says:

    Fascinating insight into forensics and so because of local relatable content

  5. says:

    A good read

  6. says:

    Real life crime stories and how they were solved using the clues left behind on as well as inside the bodies of the victims

  7. says:

    Australian journalist and writer Liz Porter has written a forensic non fiction book full of Australian crime cases in Written on the Skin An Australian Forensic Casebook Some of the cases are well known eg Bali bombings and the Jaidyn Leskie case and others readers won't be familiar with Porter has broken down the cases into subject headings including Reading the Blood Reading the Bones Reading the Crime Scene Reading the Teeth and so on for a total of 10 chaptersThis was an intuitive way to learn about forensic science and how specialists in each field entomologists odontologists DNA specialists pathologists chemists document examiners and handwriting experts conduct their workPorter selected cases from different time periods in Australia to enable a better understanding of how forensic science has changed and improved over the yearsI didn't realise until now just how vital the state of Victoria was in solving Australian crime Victoria is home to two nationally pre eminent forensic establishments the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine VIFM and the Victoria Police Forensic Services Centre VPFSC Pages xiii and xiv Both the VIFM and VPFSC are leading teaching institutions and the VIFM is widely considered to be the leading institute of its kind in Australasia and with its state of the art facilities among the best in the world Pages xiii and xivThere are some confronting topics and real life crimes described in Written on the Skin so the reader will need to have the mental fortitude to get through some of this material I broke up the content by reading another book alongside this oneI highly recommend Written on the Skin to fans of true crime and those with an interest in the sciences Viewers who enjoy TV shows like CSI will learn how crime scenes are really investigated and processed Younger readers deciding on a future in forensic science may also find Written on the Skin an informative and educational read

  8. says:

    I found Written on the Skin to be professional extremly well researched and easy to understand I've been interested in true crime and forensic psychology for years which has lead me to the conclusion that the police don't get anywhere near enough credit for the job they do and forensic scientists get even less Most true crime books focus on the investigations and the crime itself and although there is DNA results referred to you get very little detail of what forensic scientists do I loved that Written on the Skin had focus on the science The detailed but reasonably simple explinations of what each specialist does was very interesting The book also reminds us of how new forensic investigation is and the potental damage cop shows are doing to the basic knowledge a jury might have I felt Liz Porter was unbias in her narration I didn't feel she was passing judgement on anyone involved I'm often frustrated by true crime novels in which the author's tone is clearly judgemental of some aspects of victim's lives specifically when the victim andor the offender are gay Overall Written on the Skin was very interesting full of easy to understand information and respectful of all people mentioned If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes of an investigation this is the book for you

  9. says:

    As far as the contents of the book goes I liked it I had only heard of one of the cases previously Explains the theory of various forensic techniues and follows up with some Aussie case studies Recommend for fans of true crime and forensicsAs to the audiobook it was odd I think a book by an Australian about something Australian eg crime should be read by an Australian The American? accent was very jarring for me though the speaker reader? had clearly worked on her pronunciation for some things There were many times when I could hear the sound of her mouth moving as she spoke and I heard what sounded like a page turning than once Weird microphone setup perhaps?

  10. says:

    If you're into forensics true crime or just have an interest in science this book is worth the read Broken down into different 'schools' of forensics each chapter deals with a different focus and techniue eg Reading the Blood Reading the Documents Reading the Insects some overlapping cases to show how different evidence assistance in resolving a case If you're sueamish some of the chapters won't be for you tip don't read Reading the Insects while you eat lunch maggots and rice paper rolls really shouldn't go together but if you can get past that it's well worth it

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