In a close examination of an assault victim's body, a forensic physician can "read" the terrible alphabet that fists and weapons have written across it. A crime scene investigator notes the tiny indentations on the fragments of a tin can identified at a bomb site, enabling him to find the can opener that made them - and the bomb-maker who used it. A forensic dentist identifies the thief who dropped some chewing gum, with his teeth marks in it, during a burglary.
About the Author
Liz Porter is a journalist who began her career in Hong Kong and then worked in Sydney, London and Stuttgart before returning to her home town of Melbourne, where she is a feature writer for the Sunday Age. She has won awards for her writing on legal issues and has published a novel. She lives with her partner, her daughter and the obligatory female-writer quota of two cats and is a hopelessly devoted fan of the St Kilda Football Club.
Sisters in Crime member, Liz Porter, won Best Report in Print and Reporter of the Year on Legal Issues in the 14th annual Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporting Awards announced on June 21.
The award was for Liz’s report in The Age's Melbourne Magazine on DNA disaster, which told the story behind the jailing of a young man due to contaminated DNA testing.
Sisters in Crime@the 2011 Bayside Literary Festival
Where (and how and why) fiction gets crime wrong
True crime author & Brighton resident Vikki Petraitis has rounded up some of the usual (often unusual) suspects to spill the beans. She interrogates a judge, a true crime writer and a novelist on where (and how and why) crime on the page and screen contrasts so wildly with what really happens in real life: