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EXPERTISE
Criminology & Law Enforcement
Forensics & CSI
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BIOGRAPHY
Dr John Robson is one of the most experienced forensic odontologists in the world.
He began his professional career in dental practice, then obtained Forensic Dentistry and Forensic Human Identification diplomas and specialised in disaster management. He is still active, working as a consultant for police, coroners, lawyers and other agencies as an investigator and is past President of the British Association for Forensic Dentistry. He has been responsible for training and continuing professional development for UK forensic specialists and has written chapters for various text books and is part of the police training program for crime scene investigators, mortuary managers and police forces.

He has been involved in incidents all over the world and was heavily involved with the investigations in the Asian tsunami acting as team manager in charge of all the international dentists and other specialists and more recently the disasters at Didcot power station and Grenfell Tower. He was the lead forensic dentist in many worldwide incidents, received a police commendation for his work on the MH17 air crash and has appeared on the Crimewatch TV program...He lectures both in UK and abroad to many different specialities including criminologists, anthropologists etc
He also lectures regularly to lay groups on forensic science and historical true crime.

John spent over 20 years serving as a local magistrate, sitting on criminal cases and on the youth panel. He is a private pilot and plays piano in a local jazz band and for a local drama group.


PRESENTATIONS
FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY

1. SOME-BODY Forensic Identification.
A fascinating explanation of how an unknown person or body is identified and why accuracy is so important …….also the methods we use to find the right answer.…Examples will be shown of the largest forensic investigation in history “The Asian Tsunami”….and many more recent examples from Dr Robson’s own casework.

2. REALITY BITES Bite marks
Dr Robson discusses ….types of bite mark cases. When is a bruise a bite mark?........what is the difference between human and animal bites? Why it is important to differentiate child and adult bites? Many of his own cases are illustrated…and also ”The College Girl Murders”” where the convicting evidence relied on a bite mark.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

3. PATH-WAYS Forensic Pathology
A window is opened into what is pathology? What is the remit of the forensic pathologist? Gunshot wounds, stabbings and the difficulties over time of death are discussed. A short history of pathology is presented with the details of 3 famous pathologists and 3 of their most infamous cases!

4. POISON – US Toxicology
An overview is presented on how poisons work. What are the types and effects of poisons? The case of the “Devious Dentist”, the poisoners that used tea and the classic poison -arsenic. Dr Robson describes famous historical cases - and the very recent VX and novichok incidents.

5. DON’T TOUCH. Fingerprints
A light is shed on fingerprints…Their history and classification are described …Why are fingerprints unique? How are fingerprints are used in practice? …is it only DNA that can solve cold cases? Other fascinating cases are described including the first case where fingerprints were used to affect a conviction.

6. DO NOT ASSAULT DNA
This is a whistle-stop tour about DNA and it’s discovery…….What are the sources of DNA?…..How Is it used and what are its limitations?…. Its value in the examination of cold cases and proof of innocence is discussed as is the first case of mass DNA screening & the subsequent conviction based on the DNA evidence.

TRUE CRIME

7. THE NO-BODY MURDERS
Can a murder conviction be obtained when a body has not been found? What is the meaning of Corpus Delecti ? This lecture examines murder cases where there is no body…… Including “The Killer Judge”, “the Muriel McKay kidnap”, “Murder in the Outback” and not least ”Murder through the Porthole”!

8. MURDEROUS MEDICS Doctors Who Murder
Why do some doctors become murderers? …Is it easier for them? What about the Hippocratic oath? …Indeed are some murderers or mercy killers? The forensic investigations into the crimes of Drs Pritchard, Crippen, Ruxton, Bodkin -Adams and , of course, Shipman are detailed.

9. ASSASSINATION!
What is an assassination? How have the murders of prominent people changed history? This is a look into some of these murders including Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Ghandi, JFK and some of the associated conspiracy theories.

10. DEATH ON THE TRACKS
Dr Robson provides a review of murders that have occurred in and around railways and how the perpetrators were brought to justice, including “Murder on the Southampton Express”, the infamous Duffy case and the Brighton trunk murder and the use of criminal profiling..

GEOGRAPHICAL TRUE CRIME

11 MONEY, MURDER AND MAYHEM ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA
Dr Robson presents the two different faces of the Riviera from the glitzy glamour to the dark underworld and includes the biggest jewel heist in the world. He also includes the case of the “Black Widow” and “Monaco’s Multi-millionaire Murder”.

12. NOTORIOUS IN NORWAY 1.
The Vikings are usually portrayed as blood-thirsty warriors. Is this true? What is their influence on our history? We take a look at some of the famous ( and infamous) Viking characters.

13. NOTORIOUS IN NORWAY 2
Norway has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, however, Dr Robson discusses interesting cases of true crime in Norway from the 19th century to the present day including the Robin Hood of Bergen, Quisling and the mystery of the Isdal woman.

14. THE ROUGES OF ROME
Tales of true crime from Caesar to Knox.. Most crimes in Rome are petty crimes such as pick pocketing, and purse snatching. However, Italy
(especially in the south ) has become renowned for organised crime and the associated protection rackets. Despite this, there is a low homicide rate..
Dr Robson discusses a selection of the most celebrated historical crime stories associated in and around Italy’s capital.

15. GHOSTLY AND GHASTLY IN BARCELONA
Barcelona is full of secrets and mysteries – and lots of legends and eerie tales are spread within the city. Several places are said to be haunted. There was also a number of real crimes that took place..
Dr Robson describes a mixture of these eerie happenings and real crime in the city’s chequered history - including .cases such as "the Vampire of Barcelona" and a murder which links Bromley in Kent with the city.

16. THE VILLAINS OF VENICE
A beautiful city without doubt; a unique city……. However, with an undercurrent of strange and gruesome happenings.
From mysteries to murder in the streets of Venice. "The Body in the Suitcase", The Body under the Bridge" and "The Killer with No Motive" are discussed.

17. INFAMOUS IN ICELAND
There is very little crime in Iceland, but murder and mayhem does occur. It is a gun-loving nation that hasn't experienced a gun-related murder since 2007! We look at the criminology of this ...and why? Despite this, Dr Robson shines a light on some rare historical murders.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I am an enthusiastic speaker who engages with his audience in a relaxed, entertaining and friendly style. The subject matter is often of a serious nature so gentle humour plays a vital role in my talks. My presentations are always well attended and are updated regularly.
In the last 18 months I have spoken on Royal Caribbean (Navigator of the Seas) and twice on Fred Olsen ( Black Watch ) and another Fred Olsen slot is booked.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Balmoral L2001 South American Exploration Sector 70 Southampton Monday, January 6, 2020
Boudicca D1901 Ancient Arabia, India & the Mediterranean 34 Colombo Thursday, January 10, 2019
Black Watch W1822 Mystery Cruise 9 Liverpool Thursday, October 18, 2018
Black Watch W1808 Islands of the Azores & Madeira 14 Liverpool Friday, May 4, 2018