Guest speaker Hugh White at this month’s WI meeting began by saying that he wouldn’t show too many lurid photographs, as his wife had looked through his presentation and taken the goriest ones out! Hugh was the South West Home Office pathologist for 25 years until his retirement, and despite the ‘censorship’ there were still some very startling photos.
Hugh had a very interesting story to tell. He recounted his involvement in cases involving a missing gangster, suicide by seatbelt, a hanging in a police cell, and a murderer identified by keys left in a wood. We heard about the steps taken to determine if a death is homicide, suicide or natural causes, and the teamwork involved in investigations. Hugh had also worked in Bosnia, helping with the investigations into the 6000 murders at Srebrenice, which he found very hard..
Next month’s speaker will be Beth French, who is attempting to swim all seven ocean channels in a year, something no-one else has achieved. New members and visitors are very welcome to join us at 7.00 pm on Thursday 21 July at the Beambridge Inn.