CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: A forensic look at the real-life CSI heroes who bring killers to book 

Forensics: The Real CSI

Rating:

Secret Safari: Into The Wild 

Rating:

The things we did for fun before telly and cinema do not bear thinking about. You might imagine our Victorian ancestors enjoyed a night at the music hall, but what they really liked was a good, gory dissection.

Anatomy lectures, at which surgeons sliced up a human body to show its workings, were packed out with medical students and everyone else who had a strong stomach for intestines. Demand for fresh cadavers was so high that doctors ran out of executed prisoners and relied on grave robbers.

Some ‘body snatchers’ even stalked the streets, murdering people to sell their corpses for anatomy demonstrations. Talk about making your own entertainment.

That bloodthirsty tendency survives in our craving for true-crime documentaries. Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2) included upsetting images of a murder scene in a child’s bedroom, as a blood-spatter analyst calmly pointed out handprints and droplets from the knife, smeared across the wall.

You might imagine our Victorian ancestors enjoyed a night at the music hall, but what they really liked was a good, gory dissection. That bloodthirsty tendency survives in our craving for true-crime documentaries. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

You might imagine our Victorian ancestors enjoyed a night at the music hall, but what they really liked was a good, gory dissection. That bloodthirsty tendency survives in our craving for true-crime documentaries. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

You might imagine our Victorian ancestors enjoyed a night at the music hall, but what they really liked was a good, gory dissection. That bloodthirsty tendency survives in our craving for true-crime documentaries. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

The victim was 43-year-old mother-of-four Nelly Moustafa, whose drug-crazed husband Tamer stabbed her to death in a frenzied attack at their Birmingham home.

He then called the police and announced: ‘Hello, I’ve just murdered my wife. With a knife. All the kids are at school. Send someone quickly please.’ A recording of the 999 confession was replayed at the outset of the programme.

There was never any mystery about the identity of the killer. This was not a whodunit, though 40-year-old Moustafa was too cowardly to answer questions at the station — instead hiding his face and claiming he didn’t remember what had happened.

The real interest in the first episode of this new series lay in how the forensics team pieced together the order of events when the suspect was telling them nothing. Slowly, the full horror of the crime clicked into focus.

After killing his wife and phoning the police, Moustafa dosed himself with cocaine, then broke into the house next door and murdered his neighbour Zahida Bi, 52.

The real interest in the first episode of this new series lay in how the forensics team pieced together the order of events when the suspect was telling them nothing. Slowly, the full horror of the crime clicked into focus. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

The real interest in the first episode of this new series lay in how the forensics team pieced together the order of events when the suspect was telling them nothing. Slowly, the full horror of the crime clicked into focus. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

The real interest in the first episode of this new series lay in how the forensics team pieced together the order of events when the suspect was telling them nothing. Slowly, the full horror of the crime clicked into focus. Pictured: Senior investigator Jo Ward in Forensics: The Real CSI (BBC2)

Establishing the correct sequence was essential, to demolish the claims of Moustafa’s defence lawyers that he was not responsible for his actions when he killed the women.

If the 999 call happened between the two murders, he was clearly capable of rational thought. This was a case to be cracked with scientific observation.

But analytical precision comes at a human cost. Senior investigator Jo Ward admitted that she could not always prevent cases from weighing on her emotions. One particularly brutal domestic killing left her suffering from panic attacks, she said. It’s easy to see why. These documentaries are absorbing and informative, but the brutality at their core is genuinely disturbing.

We often forget the brutality of life in the wilderness. Nature films usually concentrate on the beauty and majesty of the animal kingdom, but Secret Safari: Into The Wild (C4) has not disguised the real world’s cruelty. A few shots of Africa’s wildlife silhouetted against sunsets made splendid sights, but mostly this series is dedicated to the visceral reality of the savannah.

No sooner had we met lioness Sior’s three adorable cubs at the conservation park of Ol Pejeta in Kenya than they were trampled by buffalo. One was killed, another badly injured.

The story of Cedric the clueless ostrich was no happier. He found a mate, but when she put him in charge of guarding their clutch of eggs, Cedric lost interest and wandered off. It didn’t take long for hyenas and jackals to find the nest. Nature has its own body snatchers.

Link hienalouca.com

Advertising:

Tips to Find Low Priced Luxury Holiday Package Deals Fast

For most families, it has already been a common practice to spend the Holiday season in a foreign location. This is caused by the aviation market changes which have given a lot of benefits for people who travel a lot. Airfares going to different tourist destinations are becoming more inexpensive. What does this mean? If there is a perfect time to purchase luxury holiday package deals, now it the right time! Based on the market trend nowadays, you can save both money and time when you go for a luxury holiday. There are countless offers that combine travel and accommodation in one package which is a lot cheaper than getting separate deals. Aside from that, it is also risky to individually book the services that you need for the vacation. You might end up missing out on some important details of the trip. Unlike when you take advantage of luxury holiday package deals, you can be sure that everything is organized meticulously and according to what you really need. Nonetheless, you would still need to carefully select the package that would fit your needs. Review the following tips in getting packages that are reasonably priced. · Normally, luxury tour packages include accommodation, flight travel and transportation to individual tourist destinations. It would be best to choose the complete package so you won’t have to worry about other vacation elements. In addition to that, these are the packages that have the biggest discounts. · You can get big mark down prices, if you will purchase more packages. It is not a bad idea to share the wonderful moment with your loved ones. By doing so, you would not only enjoy, you will also save more money. You can even use your savings for other activities on your vacation. · It would be best to know how much you are willing to pay for the luxury tour packages. You can already work around your budget. You have to stick to your budget. If not, you might end up spending a lot and you will be left with less money for your vacation. · Prices may vary depending on the destination of the tour. You can do a research about places that are attractive yet inexpensive. There are thousands of destinations and you just have to choose wisely. · There are packages that include recreational activities. This means that you are paying for all the activities when you purchase these packages. The right thing to do is to make sure that the activities that are included would be the ones that you really enjoy. There is no sense in paying for activities that will not really make your vacation memorable. If you are going with friends, you should also consider their preferences so that you can be sure that everyone will enjoy the trip. There are other ways on how you can be sure that you are getting the best deal for your luxury holiday vacation. No matter how you choose to do it, you have to get adequate information about the packages. This will help you determine whether it is worth the price.

(Total views: 6 Time, 1 visits per day)

Leave a Reply