Wednesday, 31 December 2008

CSI Hackney

The forensic detective who so meticulously recovered fingerprint and DNA evidence from our insignificant domestic crime scene has a distinguished history. He was present in April 1980 when a misfired bullet took off the tip of a policeman's finger, triggering the SAS raid on the Iranian Embassy in West London that dramatically ended the six-day siege, watched live on TV by millions, including me and my then five-year old son:
He had worked on the 1983 case of the serial killer Dennis Nilson, whose crimes were only discovered when the body of one of his victims blocked the drains of his house in Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill. He had also investigated the 1993 IRA bomb that devastated Bishopsgate in the City of London - we heard the explosion and felt the aftershock as far away as Finsbury Park; and the 1989 Marchioness disaster when a neighbour's son was one of the 51 victims who drowned when the pleasure boat capsized:
CSI Miami may be more glamorous, but our mini drama merited the Horatio of Shoreditch: only the best.

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