Seasoned crime detective says murder investigations are not just elementary
Murder investigations are anything but elementary according to a seasoned crime detective who is giving a talk on the history of murder squads.
David Chave retired from Surrey Police in 2010 after working on over 80 major crime investigations including armed robberies, rape series, terrorist bombings, shootings by police and blackmail.
During 30 years in the police force in many different roles, Mr Chave spent time as a custody sergeant in Epsom and investigated murders in the area.
He is now returning to give a talk on the history of homicide investigation at Bourne Hall, in Ewell, next month.
Mr Chave says: "A few years ago I prepared a training day for colleagues about murder investigation. I carried out some simple research into the history of how homicides were probed.
"This sparked a fascination with learning more about the subject and now I’d like to share some of my research as I know it’s a subject that interests people."
Over the past year he has given lectures, talks and workshops to university, school and college students and WIs.
He says: "We love murder mysteries. Our interest is fed by numerous television detectives and Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) solving crimes in 60 minutes.
"The literary world has a plethora of fictional detectives and enthusiastic amateurs solving the most body littered crimes of serial murderers in the most genteel of villages.
"Real murder investigation bears little resemblance to much of these. Sometimes the crimes are very primitive; for example, street stabbings caught on CCTV, fuelled by alcohol.
"However, other cases make the complications in an Agatha Christie plot seem straightforward. As the saying goes, truth can be stranger than fiction."
At Bourne Hall Mr Chave will take his audience through 200 years of development in murder investigations including identification parades, fingerprints and blood pattern analysis.
Along the way he will explode some literary, TV and film myths and detail some of the most fascinating homicide cases in history.
He says: "Two hundred years ago, the investigation was led by magistrates who directed the local constables.
"No formal police forces existed and forensic science was virtually non-existent. The reliance on eye-witnesses alone was pretty much all they had to work with.
"The next few decades saw the creation of police forces and in particular detective departments.
"Forensic science has developed areas of expertise that no one could have imagined in those far off days of the beginning of the 19th Century, such as entomology, palynology, blood stain pattern analysis and DNA profiling.
Murder Squad: A talk on the history of Homicide Investigation; The Begnia Room, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell; Friday, October 11, at 7.30 pm £8; To book tickets visit www.davidchave.co.uk; Call Bourne Hall on 020 8786 7265
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