Forensic Trivia – Smithereens

Forensic Trivia: “Smithereens”
January 19, 2014
images (7)On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan American flight 103, originating in Frankfort, Germany landed at London’s Heathrow Airport, and after loading passengers and luggage, took off for New York’s JFK airport at 18:25 p.m. At approximately 19:02 p.m. air traffic control lost contact with it. A few seconds later the radar showed the plane’s blip on the screen fracture into five separate ones, trailing away from each other. The plane had exploded and the debris rained down on the Scottish town of Lockerbee.

243 passengers and 16 crew, dead, as well as 11 residents from Lockerbee.

This was one of the most famous plane crashes in history, both for the horror it was, the subsequent political implications, and the forensic investigation that ensued leading to the arrest and conviction of one of the terrorists involved.

The USA’s FBI, and the British equivalent of our NTSB, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, laboriously collected every piece of wreckage from the plane, and pieced together the smithereens they found into a whole plane.

Agatha Christie and The Lindberg Kidnapping

Did Agatha Christie know her forensic science? What some consider her most perfect mystery, “Murder on the Calais Coach”, better know as “Murder on the Orient Express”, was based on the Lindbergh kidnapping in 1932. Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator who made the first N.Y. to Paris flight in his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, was a national hero. His son was taken from the baby’s crib, and later found dead.
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Annie Tells You about DNA in Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys

In “Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys”, DNA is a very important clue. My dad asked me to explain DNA to him. I was shocked. “Everyone knows what DNA is, Dad!” I exclaimed. He replied that he knew it was called the code of life, that it controls heredity, and that you can establish links between individuals, but how does it work?
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Annie Talks About the Crime of Arson

WHAT ANNIE TILLERY KNOWS ABOUT FORENSIC SCIENCE
In “Girl with Pencil, Drawing”, a fire does extensive damage to the brownstone building where one of the main characters is hiding some important information that becomes important in solving the murder of John DiCristiani. The fire is set as a diversionary tactic, and is an essential catalyst toward exposing the story’s most fascinating surprises. The fire is proven to be arson. Lt. Red, Aunt[………]

Forensic Trivia and Crime of Poison

FORENSIC TRIVIA: From Poison Pen Letters to Borgia Rings, and Beyond: Crime and Toxicology
Poisons have been used for a very long time to commit murder. History is full of stories about rulers having tasters for their food, lest someone supporting an opposing faction put something nasty in their evening libation.

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Can you solve this one?

FORENSIC TRIVIA: CAN YOU SOLVE THIS ONE?
Apparent Dangers of Drinking and Driving At 3:00 AM on Nov. 10, Marguerite Lange, her silver 2010Mercedes Sports Coupe, a half-filled bottle of vodka and a plastic bag of white powder landed in a ditch located at the bottom of a steep hill bordering Rte. 17 in upstate New York. The car had apparently gone out of control and went off the highway, rolling several times before landing upside down in the ditch[………]