Science Week Presentation

In celebration of Science Week, Professor Simon Lewis will once again be presenting a joint presentation with his father Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis.

The presentation will be a joint ANZFSS WA, RACI WA and Curtin University presentation with the topic to be:
If you poison us do we not die?*: The case of Dr Crippen

The use of poisons to carry out murder has a long and sordid history. One of the most celebrated cases involving poison was that of Dr Crippen, who was convicted of the murder of his wife Cora by administering scopolamine, a plant alkaloid derived from plants of the nightshade family. He was hanged at Pentonville Prison in November 1910, however in 2007 claims were made that the human remains under the floorboards in Crippen’s house were not those of Cora – thus raising questions over Crippen’s guilt. Join Simon Lewis, a national award-winning lecturer and forensic researcher and his father Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis as they give an account of this case which remains disputed to this day. The father and son duo will explore the science of poisons and their detection as well as discussing the recent questions over Crippen’s guilt which are based upon controversial DNA evidence.

*Shylock’s speech, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Act 3, Scene 1

The speakers: Professor Simon Lewis leads the Forensic and Analytical Chemistry Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at Curtin University. His research interests are focused on chemical techniques applied to forensic analysis, in particular fingerprint chemistry and trace evidence.

Lieutenant Colonel Roger Lewis worked for the British Army Legal Service, retiring in 1999, with a large part of his career concerned with the prosecution of criminal cases. Lieutenant Colonel Lewis now lectures in expert evidence for a number of forensic science programs in Australia and internationally.

This lecture is presented by Curtin University and Western Australian branches of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

Date: Tuesday 19 August 2013
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm, with refreshments from 6pm
Venue: Resources & Chemistry Precinct, Building 500, Curtin University, Bentley, Enter via Manning Road entrance and follow signs

Entry to the event is free. Please go to: to reserve your ticket and place.


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Membership page is back online!

The membership page is back online and should be working properly. If you have any problems with obtaining your membership to crimeScene 2014, please let us know and we will fix the problem. Thank you for you patience!

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We’ve had a few people querying how to purchase their memberships. Unfortunately, at this point of time, our memberships page is broken… Beyond the depths of doom. We are working on trying to resurrect the poor page. Hopefully this will happen soon! As soon as it is resurrected, a tab titled Memberships will appear that will lead you to our booking site. So keep an eye peeled, though we will advise as soon as we are able to.

So sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing currently.

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Competition time!

It’s competition time! This year we will be running two competitions, both really easy and free to enter.

We’re asking you to Set the Scene and Spread the Word. Setting the Scene is a photographic competition where we are asking you for your best simulated crime scene photos. The winner of this competition will win a full membership to this year’s crimeScene conference.

Spread the Word is asking you to head into Stefen’s Books in Shafto Lane and pick up some approved advertising and go put this on local community noticeboards or in shopfronts and then take a photo of this being done. If you can’t make it into Stefen’s, print off our approved advertising linked on the page. (You should go see Stefen though cause he has a fantastic array of books and will surely have something to tempt you into buying a book… or three… or ten!). The winner of this competition will receive a book pack featuring this year’s guest authors.

Please make sure you have read the terms and conditions for the competition(s) you wish to enter which are available from our Competitions page.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

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Guest authors!

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make crimeScene’s lineup a stellar affair. We are very pleased to be able to announce our authors!

Headlining this year will be Michael Robotham, Livia Day and Julie Szego. International best seller Michael has managed to fit us into his very busy schedule! Livia is the alter ego of award-winning blogger, podcaster and fantasy writer, Tansy Rayner Roberts. Julie Szego used to be a journalist for The Age and has just released a non-fiction novel. We are incredibly excited about these authors and their involvement with us this year.

Along with our headline authors, we will also see a return from Tony Cavanaugh. Tony apparently had such a good time last year, he wanted to come back this year. Local authors who will also be involved include Dr Stephen Dedman, Lee Battersby and Lyn Battersby.

As well as our huge line up of authors, we are also pleased to announce that Alisa Krasnostein, owner of Twelfth Planet Press, will also be involved with our programme and will be doing a couple of panels for us. In particular, Alisa will be doing a panel which will be looking at what publishers want.

The programme is looking fantastic! We can’t wait to share our scientific stream with you and to show you what will be on offer this year and hope that you are just as excited as we are about our upcoming programme!



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crimeScene 2014 set to go!

It’s been a while since we’ve been active on the webpage, however we wanted to let you know it hasn’t all been in vain!

We are pleased to announce that crimeScene 2014 will be held on the 11th and 12th of October and will once again be held at the Rydges Hotel in Perth. Further details are currently being worked out, but we are excited about some of the ideas being thrown around for the scientific stream.

We are lucky to have once again secured the services of Hadyn Green and Simon Lewis, our dynamic scientific duo and are looking forward to the presentations they will bring to us this year.

We are currently in negotiations with our author reps and hope to be able to update you soon with regard to what is happening here.

Aside from that, we have also been in discussions with local authors for ideas for the writing stream. The suggestions that have been put forth so far are very impressive, the programme this year is either going to make you squeal with delight, or make you want to cry from all the spectacular panels on offer!

Feel free to drop us a line if you have queries, suggestions or ideas you want us to consider. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Marianne interviewed by Tara Moss

In the lead up to crimeScene, we thought we would share a link to a video from the “Tara In Conversation” series. Tara interviews Marianne Delacourt, one of the guest authors for crimeScene 2013.

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