Programme 2014

We thought we might keep this page here so that everyone could see what great panels we had in 2014 and to give an idea of the sort of thing that attendees can expect when we finalise the programme for 2015.


Time West End Room 1 West End Room 2 King Street Room Hay Street Room
09.00 – 10.00 Science stream: From the crime scene to the court room

Science Stream: From the crime scene to the court room

[Facilitated by Professor Simon Lewis]

Science stream: From the crime scene to the court room

Science Stream: From the crime scene to the court room

[Facilitated by Professor Simon Lewis]

What Makes Good Crime Tv? [Damian Magee, Tony Cavanaugh]
10.00 – 11.00 Science Stream Continues Science Stream Continues Guest Of Honour presentation [Michael Robotham] Psychopaths and Offender Profiles [Professor Guy Hall]
11.00 – 12.00 Science Stream Continues Science Stream Continues Bomb Crime Scenes [Sergeant Clayton Bennie]*Photography and recording not permitted** Trigger warning The Women in Crime [Lyn Battersby]
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 Case Study: The Boston Strangler [Hadyn Green] “Why so serious?” – A look at the lighter side of crime [Sarah Evans, Livia Day, Alisa Krasnostein ] Animal, Vegetable or Criminal: An Introduction to Writing Crime [Felicity Young] What Role Does the Media Play in the Court of Public Opinion [Michael Robotham, Julie Szego]
2.30 – 3.30 Failures of Forensic Science [Professor Simon Lewis] On Writing Settings [Lee Battersby]*Photography and recording not permitted Guest Of Honour presentation [Livia Day] Multi-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae – A Who Dunnit Under the Microscope [Jarrad Hall]
3.30 – 4.30 Book Launch [Michael Robotham; Livia Day; Tony Cavanaugh; Sarah Evans] Book Launch [Michael Robotham; Livia Day; Tony Cavanaugh; Sarah Evans] Imprisoned for no Rape – Case Study [Julie Szego, Hadyn Green]** Trigger warning Red Herring, Blue Herring – Look a Clue! [Dr Stephen Dedman]
4.30 – 5.30 Book Launch [Julie Szego, Michael Robotham; Livia Day; Tony Cavanaugh; Sarah Evans] Book Launch [Julie Szego, Michael Robotham; Livia Day; Tony Cavanaugh; Sarah Evans] Sherlock Holmes on Screen [Damian Magee]

ANZFSS Sponsored Sundowner Event: 6.00pm – 8pm – An intimate meet and greet session with our authors and presenters. This will be an opportunity for you to have some in depth conversations with our presenters and ask the burning questions. Light food will be served, drinks will need to be purchased separately.



Time West End Room 1 West End Room 2 King Street Room Hay Street Room TPP WRITING STREAM – The New Publishing
09.00 – 10.00 Guest Of Honour presentation [Julie Szego] Update on Fingerprint Detection [Professor Simon Lewis] Script Writing Workshop [Tony Cavanaugh] The Writing Process and what you should be doing once you are published [Lee Battersby, Stephen Dedman]
10.00 – 11.00 Grains of Truth: Pollen and the Crimes it Can Solve [Dr Lynne Milne] Science in Crime TV [Lavinia Dawson, Hadyn Green] Script Writing Workshop [Tony Cavanaugh]
11.00 – 12.00 Forensic Animation – Making the Forensics Come Alive [Dr Ken Fowle] The Murder of Billy – Case Study Ora Banda [Hadyn Green]** Trigger Warning Script Writing Workshop [Tony Cavanaugh] The Ins and Outs of Author Branding [Alisa Krasnostein]
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 Case Study – Operation Zircon: The Murder of Don Hancock and Lou Lewis [Sergeant Clayton Bennie]*Photography and recording not permitted** Trigger warning Racing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [Charles Russo] Humpty Dumpty – Hero, Victim or a Big Bad Egg [Sarah Evans] Writing the Award Winners [Livia Day, Alisa Krasnostein]
2.30 – 3.30 Fractured and Flawed – Putting our Protagonists Through the Wringer [Tony Cavanaugh, Michael Robotham] Back in Time – A Discussion on Period Crime [Heather Magee, Damian Magee, Felicity Young] Bog Bodies [Dr John Watling] Getting the Most out of your Backlist [Tehani Wesseley, Alisa Krasnostein]
3.30 – 4.30 Superhero Vigilantes [Jay Watson, TBA] How not to Run a Kickstarter [Alisa Krasnostein, Chris Bobridge, Livia Day]
4.30 – 5.30 Forum and Close [Committee]


 Saturday Programme

Science stream: From the crime scene to the court room

Prof Simon Lewis et al

crimeScene WA, in conjunction with ANZFSS WA will be presenting a scientific stream at the 2014 crimeScene conference. The stream ‘Forensic Science in Action: From the Crime Scene to the Court Room’ will take an in depth look behind the scenes with a series of presentations from practitioners, including crime scene examiners, forensic scientists and lawyers.

What Makes Good Crime TV?

Tony Cavanagh, Damian Magee

Since the beginning of Television, crime shows have been the staple diet. For over 60 years every country has had their own primetime crime show. In the U.S.A.: Dragnet (1951-58), in the UK: Dixon of Dock Green (1955-76), in Australia: Homicide (1964-1975). This series looks at the different formats of crime shows: short, full-length and animated. I have divided crime shows into seven different sub-genres: Police Procedurals, Lawyers, P.I., Amateur Sleuths, Spies, Mysteries and the Literature Detective. Tony and Damian look at what makes for good crime, Tony from a Director’s perspective and Damian from a tv buff’s point of view.

 Michael Robotham – GOH presentation

Michael talks to us and tells us all about what makes him tick, how he got into writing, the life of a writer and his books!

Psychopaths and Offender profiles

Prof Guy Hall

Professor Hall talks about Psychopaths and their expected behaviour patterns using a classic example of Archie Butterly as well as examining offender profiles in high profile cases where an offender has not as yet been determined.

Bomb Crime Scenes

Sgt Clayton Bennie

Bombs and explosives create much damage when they are used. Sergeant Bennie talks about characteristics of bomb crime scenes, what they look for and how the explosive affect the actual scene.

The Women in Crime

Lyn Battersby

This panels provides an interesting perspective from the Battersbys and will be looking at female detectives/private investigators and showing the unique challenges that come with being a woman inside the law.

The Boston Strangler

Hadyn R Green

The Boston Strangler is a name attributed to the murderer (or murderers) of 13 women in and near Boston, Massachusetts, United States, in the early 1960s. The initial sobriquet for the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crimes was the “Mad Strangler of Boston”. The July 8, 1962, edition of the Sunday Herald, in an article entitled “Mad Strangler Kills Four Women in Boston”, declared in its opening paragraph, “A mad strangler is loose in Boston.” The killer (or killers) also was known initially as the “Phantom Fiend” or “Phantom Strangler” due to the uncanny ability of the perpetrator (or perpetrators) to get women to allow him into their apartments.” By the time DeSalvo’s confession was aired in open court, the name “Boston Strangler” had become part of crime lore. Hadyn goes through a case study of the Boston Strangler.

Why so Serious? A look at the lighter side of crime.

Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner-Roberts, Sarah Evens

There are many writers now whose crime fiction takes us through the lighter side of crime, such as Janet Evanovich with her Stephanie Plum novels, and Marianne Delacourt with her Tara Sharp novels. Sarah, Tansy and Alisa look at these, and their own works, to take us through why the lighter side of crime is just as appealing as the gore and action.

Animal,Vegetable or Criminal: An Introduction to Writing Crime

Felicity Young

Having written several crime novels, Felicity takes us through a basic introduction to the art of crime writing.

What Role Does the Media Play in the Court of Public Opinion?

Michael Robotham, Julie Szego

Journalists are well known for their ability to incite a crowd’s opinion through their headlines and their stories. We look at what the role of the journalist actually is when it comes to news stories and how this affects the public’s opinions.

Failures of Forensic Science

Prof Simon Lewis

The criminal justice system without forensic science is unthinkable today. However over the last forty years or so there have been cases where serious shortcomings in forensic science have lead to significant miscarriages of justice. This presentation will give an overview of some of these cases, both high profile and less well known. In particular we will examine in detail the case of Annie Dookhan and the Massuchusetts Drugs Lab and will discuss the lessons that can be learned from this case.

On Writing Settings

Lee Battersby

Lee talks to us about how settings create the tone and atmosphere of the story.

Tansy Rayner-Roberts – GOH presentation

Tansy talks about her books, writing the award winners, Tabitha Darling, her writing and her Space Opera Musketeers!

Multi-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae – A Who Dunnit Under the Microscope

Jarrad Hall

Multi-resistant organisms are an emerging threat to modern medicine. Carbapenemase producing K. pneumoniae in particular are regarded by the WHO as a major human health issue. Typically affecting our most vulnerable, the lack of effective antibiotics sees more than half of all infected patients die. But is it manslaughter, or murder? This panel will look at the organism, emerging resistance mechanisms and how we investigate “outbreaks” to find the guilty organism and where it came from.

Book Launch & Signings

Julie Szego, Michael Robotham, Livia Day, Sarah Evans, Tony Cavanagh, Felicity Young

Launching the latest novels of our authors as well as presenting signing opportunities. Come along and hear the authors discuss their latest novel.

Imprisoned for No Rape: Case Study – Farah Jama

Hadyn R Green

What happens when the authorities get the evidence wrong? Hadyn takes a look at this unusual case where a young Somalian was imprisoned after being falsely accused of rape from trace forensics.

Red Herring, Blue Herring – Look! A Clue!

Dr Stephen Dedman

Misdirection is a vital aspect of writing a crime novel. Stephen talks to us about how to write so that all the clues are not blatantly obvious or misdirecting.

Sherlock Holmes on Screen

Sherlock Holmes Society

There have been over 270 appearances of Sherlock Holmes played by more than 100 actors on the big and small screen as shorts & full length, in video games and fan films across the world. In many books on this subject compiling a list of screen appearances is hard. Damian takes a look at the various actors and portrayals of this most iconic figure.


Sunday Programme

Julie Szego – GOH presentation

Julie talks about her career as a journalist, her novel and how she switched to become a novelist instead of continuing with her journalist career.

Sticky Fingers: The Science of Fingerprint Detection

Prof Simon Lewis

The detection of latent (hidden) fingerprints from a crime scene is an essential task for contemporary law enforcement when gathering evidence to solve crimes and identify criminals or individuals under suspicion. Identification of an individual’s presence at the scene of a crime or terrorist incident is vitally important for making successful progress on an investigation. Fingerprints remain the most widely used and reliable means of personal identification and are extremely important to law enforcement as contact evidence. A key element in the successful recovery of latent fingerprints from a crime scene or object is detection, which is an essential task for law enforcement when faced with gathering evidence after a crime incident has occurred. This lecture will give an overview of the science of fingerprint detection and provide an update on the latest fingerprint chemistry research at Curtin University, Australia.

Script Writing Workshop

Tony Cavanagh

Tony Cavanaugh is a novelist, scriptwriter, story consultant and producer. He has forty years’ experience in the film industry, in all fields, from the genesis of an idea to production. Over the years Tony has taught scriptwriting at Melbourne University, RMIT, Swinburne, QUT, UQ, AFTRS, the Australian Writer’s Guild and Griffith Uni. He currently teaches part time at the New York Film Academy. Tony has script edited and written episodes for various television shows including The Sullivans and Carson’s Law as well as The Flying Doctors and Medivac. Tony also created and produced The Day of the Roses, a four part mini-series around the worst train crash in Australia’s history, and he is currently the script editor for the third series of the Miss Fisher Mysteries for the ABC.

Science in Crime TV

Hadyn R Green, Lavinia Dawson

Can you really take an image that has been reflected in glass and enhance it to produce an image that is able to be worked with? Can you use these details to therefore identify a person? We look at the science that gets used in popular crime TV shows and debunk the popular beliefs with actual science.

Forensic Animation

Prof Ken Fowle

Prof Fowle’s interest in visualisation and accident reconstruct started back in 1996, when seconded to the departments Mine Safety Branch.  This interest was further enhanced in 1999 when he was seconded to Central TAFE to establish a research and development group specifically for developing computer graphics for the resource sectors of Western Australia.  During his time at Central TAFE, Prof Fowle undertook a PhD at the University Of Nottingham (UK) and was conferred in 2003. His research interest is in the use of 3D laser scanners in incidents and accidents and the use of visualisation as a tool for law enforcement and security and has worked closely with the WA Police Services Forensic Surveying Branch and other national and international law enforcement agencies. Prof Fowle talks to us about making the forensic evidence come alive.

Grains of Truth

Dr Lynne Milne

Lynne is a palynologist who specialises in pollen morphology and its applications in Geology, Geography, Botany and Environmental Science, but finds Forensic Palynology by far the most interesting, time-consuming and satisfying application of her work. Lynne’s work with the Federal, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australian police, and also as a private defence witness, has seen on cases including rapes, murders, terrorism and illegal drugs. A subject of Australian Story (2005), Forensic Investigators, Catalyst and other programmes, Lynne is also the author of A Grain of Truth, published in 2005 by New Holland Publishers. Lynne is passionate about palynology and the fascinating world of microscopic pollen and spores, and enjoys relating how they have helped solve numerous crimes and other mysteries – and sharing the often emotional, humbling and humorous side of working in the forensic arena.

The Murder of Billy: Case Study – Ora Banda 

Hadyn R Green

Hadyn presents the background information to Ora Banda – The town hit the headlines in 2000 when Billy Grierson, was fatally shot while sitting at a camp fire on the old town site. Former chief and Ora Banda hotel owner Don Hancock was suspected of the shooting and his properties were later fire-bombed. Hancock was later killed in a car bombing in 2001 in Perth, Western Australia in a revenge attack by a member of the Gypsy Jokers

Humpty Dumpty – Hero, Victim or a Big, Bad Egg

Sarah Evans

A different, light hearted look at characterisation and how this defines how our stories are crafted. So given different perspectives, is Humpty a hero, a victim or a big bad egg?

Case Study – Operation Zircon: The Murder of Don Hancock and Lou Lewis

Sgt Clayton Bennie

Sergeant Bennie led the investigation into the bombing murder of WA Police Commander Donald Hancock and Mr Lou Lewis. Although Senior Sergeant Bennie had no formal training as a scientist, he applied “scientific methodology” in the search for better understanding of explosive effects of the bomb used to murder Don Hancock and Lou Lewis.

Racing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Charlie Russo

An expert in the field providing analytical services to the racing industry for almost 30 years, Charlie has been at the leading edge of Racing Chemistry both locally in Western Australia and internationally. Charlie was part of the team who were the first in Australia to identify etorphine and propoxyphene – drugs used to desensitise horses from injury-related pain. They were also responsible for detecting the drug tramadol within six months of its release on the Australian market. Charlie talks about the achievements of racing chemistry in the days gone and what we can expect in the days to come.

Fractured and Flawed – Putting our Protagonists through the Wringer

Michael Robotham, Tony Cavanagh

Darian Richards is a retired homicide investigator. He was one of the best. But chasing monsters eventually took its toll and he quit the force to sit on a jetty on the Noosa River. Or so he planned.

Joseph O’Loughlin is a kind-hearted psychologist with a flawed family life and a sense of dry humour as he struggles with “Mr. Parkinson”.

Both incredibly fractured, what appeals to us about these two lead characters? Michael and Tony talk to us about how putting their lead characters through the wringer creates and sets the tone for their interactions in the novels.

Back in Time – A Discussion on Period Crime

Felicity Young, Damian Magee, Heather Magee

Facilitated by Heather, this panel will look at period crime. We explore Felicity’s novels which are set in an older time period and crime as explored by Sherlock Holmes. We look at how period crime differs to modern day crime and discuss how much harder it is to write and explore period crime.

Bog Bodies

Dr John Watling

A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally within a peat bog. Dr Watling talks to us about the process and explores some famous bog body cases.

Superhero Vigilantes

Jay Watson plus others

Superheroes and vigilantes both seem to flout the law, yet only the vigilantes get arrested. Why are they treated differently? Aren’t most superheroes vigilantes? Join in the discussion!


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