• From the Archives: Poison 3

    This month, I want to share several cases of false confessions. Under the pressure of police questioning (and worse), people suspected of crime sometimes confessed to things they had not done. The phenomenon continues today, …

  • Digital law journals: research you can do during the pandemic (part 2)

    More ideas for research you can do with the archives closed (part 1 is here): make the most of historical law journals from South Asia. These journals are now starting to be available digitally. They include …

  • From the Archives: Poison 2

    This month, I’m sharing more cases from my history of forensics research (part 1 went up in April). Here are some cases from the Madras Chemical Examiner’s report for 1897: Deadly astrology: “The viscera of …

  • Ten years (and adventures in forensic intoxication)

    My website is ten years old this month! I baked this cake to celebrate. Dr. Anwesha Maity, who is doing some translation work for me, recently came across a rather entertaining passage in a 19th-century …

  • Digital law reports: research you can do during the pandemic (part 1)

    You’ve cancelled your summer research trips. Archives like the British Library have suspended their imaging services during the pandemic, which means that you can’t order scans or copies remotely, either. So how do you keep …

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