Famous Scottish ‘murder’ case re-examined in forensic podcast

Famous Scottish ‘murder’ case re-examined in forensic podcast

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Leading forensic officers are delving into a famous ‘murder’ from more than 100 years ago, in the return of a true crime podcast from the University of Dundee.

Inside Forensic Science features researchers from the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) as well as leading experts from medicine, science and law, as they compare historic crime investigation to current day practices.

As part of the podcast’s third series, they examine a curious death which took place on the Ardlamont estate in Argyll, Scotland, on 10 August 1893, amid a private shooting party.

A young aristocrat, his tutor – who would become the main suspect – and a stranger went hunting in the woods of the estate, each carrying long, double-barrelled shotguns.

Moments later a shot was heard by servants. The aristocrat, Windsor Dudley Cecil Hambrough – who had recently taken over his family’s estate – was dead.

Hambrough’s tutor, Alfred John Monson, later went on trial accused of murder.

In the podcast, narrated by broadcaster Pennie Stuart, experts from LRCFS and senior officers from Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Forensic Services explore the case in depth, scrutinising the real evidence as presented to the court at the time.

Other professionals, such as doctors, forensic pathologist, gamekeepers, and legal professionals, also discuss the evidence.

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, director of LRCFS, said: “We are delighted to work with the Adventurous Audio team and all of the specialists and practitioners who gave us the benefit of their experience and knowledge to review this case.

“The aim of the six-episode podcast is not to reopen the case but to explore the complexities of forensic science, demonstrate the challenge that the jury may have in understanding scientific evidence and what tools being developed and used today might help criminal investigations.”

The latest series, along with previous episodes exploring difference cases, can be found on all podcast providers.

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