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Are you fascinated by or interested in cold cases and crime? Do you want to understand the mind of a killer? Or help solve the next true-crime show?

Come along to hear from criminology and forensics experts Dr David Keatley (Murdoch University), Dr Claire Ferguson (QUT), and Brendan Chapman (Murdoch University) about their experiences investigating, profiling, and researching cold cases involving (sexual) homicides.

See below for the schedule of events and author biographies.

PLEASE NOTE: ROOM CHANGE: ECL1 (signs will be put up around campus)


Cold Cases & Crime Talks

Wednesday 23rd October

6.00pm – 9.00pm

ECL1 Lecture Theatre

TIMES:
6.00pm: Arrival

6.10pm: Official welcome, Country Acknowledgement

6:15pm: Introduction to Cold Cases (Dr David Keatley)

7.00pm: Crime Scene Forensics and Cold Case Review (Brendan Chapman)

7.45pm: Detection avoidance and complex homicide investigation (Dr Claire Ferguson)

8.30pm: Discussions with speakers

9.00pm: Night ends.


Speaker Bios:

David Keatley

Dr David Keatley was a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology in the UK and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Chair of Crime Science at Murdoch University, Australia. Dave is also the Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA) – an international network of experts in the field of behavioural analysis. David is also an international cold case consultant to Law Enforcement Organisations, regularly flying around the world to consult on cold and current cases. Dave collaborates on a number of international research projects into violent crime, including atypical and serial homicide, sexual assault and rape cases. This has resulted in over 50 academic publications and case reports for Law Enforcement Organisations. Dave is also Special Guest Editor for a number of journals (including a special issue on Cold Case Investigation in Journal of Criminal Psychology­ –which is co-edited by Detective Susan Cormier).


As part of his work, Dave has written a book on using Behaviour Sequence Analysis to investigate crime. Dave has also developed new methods for linking and tracking crimes, which he uses in real-world current and cold cases he consults on with Law Enforcement. Dave is an internationally recognised cold case consultant and criminal behaviour profiler and currently provides assistance to Law Enforcement worldwide, primarily the Rhode Island Cold Case Task Force. Dave specialises in sexual and atypical homicide cases, and interrogation analysis. Dave has also published work on the Brendan Dassey (Making a Murderer) interrogation. Finally, Dave has also appeared on numerous professional media as an expert in criminal behaviour analysis.

www.DavidKeatley.com; @DaveKeatley



Claire Ferguson

Dr. Claire Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer, researcher and consultant in forensic criminology in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Claire’s work brings together research and forensic case work in complex death investigations. While her research is published in many traditional academic journals, she also uses this expertise to assist police, attorneys, and coroners by writing expert forensic reports and delivering expert testimony.

Dr. Ferguson is the author of more than 40 scholarly publications surrounding detection avoidance and complex homicide investigation. Claire is a distinguished speaker, and has been invited to deliver seminars and training for many industry organisations, including police agencies and criminal justice stakeholders in Australia. In 2018, she delivered a keynote presentation at the ANZ Forensic Science Society International Symposium on countermeasures used by offenders in homicide cases.

In the next few years, Claire plans to continue her research on evidence manipulation in homicide cases and other forms of violent crime. She is studying detection avoidance strategies used by offenders during the perpetration of intimate femicide, as well as countermeasures used by serial sex offenders and those involved in organised crime. Claire is also working on an international project surrounding training for police on death investigation, and how they may recognise countermeasures perpetrated by offenders.

Twitter: @forensiccrim



Brendan Chapman

Brendan Chapman is a forensic scientist with expertise in the fields of forensic genetics and DNA analysis, homicide and sex crime investigation, clandestine grave site recovery and cold case review.

Having worked for over 10 years in Western Australian State Government departments in both the forensic DNA laboratory and with law enforcement at crime scenes, Brendan has attended thousands of major crime scenes, been involved in countless investigations and has been associated with some of the highest profile homicides an WA history.

His research focus is on the fields of cold case review and forensic intelligence applications for national security and defence. Brendan has presented and published numerous articles in both these areas and the broader forensic science.

Brendan is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Murdoch University and the Academic Chair of the University’s Postgraduate Forensic Science coursework degrees.

Twitter: @brendanforensic

Instagram: @murdochforensic

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