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It was Christmas Eve 1938. The weather was icy, and Ernest Percival Key noticed the ground was slippery when he walked to his shop that morning at 74 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey. Ernest was 64 years old and had owned…

Yuji Nishizawa loved video games. He was born on 8 September 1970 in Tokyo, Japan and it seemed that his hands had been permanently attached to a controller ever since. His parents probably told him he would get square eyes…

The old adage about not going off with strangers was never truer than on Friday 23rd April 1954. 33-year-old WWII veteran John Dopirak, who now earned a living as a merchant seaman, was leaning against a drink stand at 12th…

Yorkshireman Andrew Lindo was the son of a property developer and financial advisor and worked as a school music teacher. On the surface, he was an ideal choice to inspire musical inclinations in children; he was a skilled pianist and…

What do banjos, a fishing line, a robbery, and mice have in common? They all feature in this unusual, but tragic, double murder. At 10:15 p.m. on Saturday 10th November 1973, banjo player David Akeman was performing on stage at…

DNA Testing in Criminal Law The Gold Standard? How does DNA Matching Work? On April 14, 2003, we successfully completed the mapping of the human genome, in a landmark research work called the Human Genome Project.  It took the combined…

  “Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves, even unconsciously, will serve as a silent witness against him. Not only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibres from his clothes, the glass he breaks, the…

It was Christmas of 1970, and Charles King and Christopher Lowery were watching a motorcycle race at Mack Park in Hamilton, Australia. King lived nearby with his parents and worked as a shop assistant, having recently been turned down for…

On Friday 4 January 2019, British man Lee Pomeroy and his 14-year-old son stood on the platform at London Road station in Guildford, southeast England. They were relaxed and chatting as they waited for the train to arrive, which would…