Why look at historical murders? As a student of forensics, exploring the origins of forensic science through historical murders is not only interesting but identifies the path forensics have evolved from and how murders were solved without the aid of technology. The first murder including forensics happened in China in 1235, where a man was found hacked to death by a sickle. The investigator ordered all the village sickles to be laid out. All looked alike, but only one attracted flies, the unseen blood trace attracting them. Confronted the owner of the sickle confessed.
The Fascination of Murder
Morbid? Maybe, but none can deny the attraction of a murder mystery either real or fictional. Exploring how murders were solved when technology was not available teaches us the power of observation and deduction, skills required if you are studying criminology at university. Unsolved murders also hold a significant amount of interest to students of both history and forensics, both as case studies and maybe the basis for a novel! Today, technology is available to aid you in your search and dissemination of this area of research. Take at look at bawabatalsafa.com for some inspiration.
The Oxford Experience
Fancy writing a book about historical murders? Then take a seminar in Oxford, the town that has an air of mystique about it and is often thought synonymous with ignoble deaths. The Oxford Experience is a summer seminar that is well worth experiencing. Discover Oxford and murder through the eyes of a number of authors. Colin Dexter and his Inspector Morse books and TV series. Novelist Iain Pears: An Instance of the Fingerpost, sets his novel in the 1660’s at the height of struggles religious disputes and evolving scientific practices. Understand through the medium of books a bit more of the construction of murder and science behind solving them.