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Jan 27, 2021

Before there was CSI, there was Bernard Spilsbury.

No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below. Please be aware there is a brief mention of suicide at the end.

Sources and further information:

— The Florence Maybrick episodes of this podcast: part one and part two

Taylor’s Principles and Practice of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley

The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman

The Crippen episode of this podcast

The Father of Forensics: How Sir Bernard Spilsbury Invented Modern CSI by Colin Evans

>— Trial Of Thomas Smethurst”, British Medical Journal, August 27, 1859

“The Case of Thomas Smethurst, Convicted of the Crime of Murder”, The Lancet, September 1859

The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath by Jane Robbins

The "Brides in the Bath" episode of this podcast

Bernard Spilsbury’s index cards at the Wellcome Collection

Some Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury and Others : Death Under The Microscope by Harold Dearden

Bernard Spilsbury: His Life and Cases by Douglas G. Browne and E.V. Tullett

“The rise and fall of celebrity pathology” by Ian Burney and Neil Pemberton in the British Medical Journal, December 2010

“Bruised Witness: Bernard Spilsbury and the Performance of Early Twentieth-Century English Forensic Pathology” in Medical History, January 2011

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