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Guardians of the Dead, the macabre new forensics podcast from The Advertiser and the University of Adelaide, is now available on major podcast apps.

Guardians of the Dead, a new forensics podcast from The Advertiser and the University of Adelaide is now available to stream on your favorite podcast app.

The seven-part series explores the macabre but fascinating world of forensic pathology through the case notes and recollections of veteran forensic pathologist and university professor Roger Byard.

Professor Byard, Professor of Pathology at the University of Adelaide, has worked on a series of high-profile cases in South Africa and around the world, from Snowtown to the Bali bombings.

He has written hundreds of research papers on all facets of death, dying, grief and bereavement, on the weird and unusual ways in which some unlucky people have encountered their demise; death by rooster, death by herbal medicine, death by frightening accidents at home.

Throughout the series, Professor Byard recalls his fieldwork following the Bali bombings of 2002, the Thai tsunami of 2004 and the gruesome serial murders in Snowtown which made headlines. newspapers in the 1990s.

He also explores the ways in which modern forensic technologies are used to solve historical mysteries and how what goes on in the morgue can help shape public policy to prevent people from dying in the first place.

The series and associated stories have been made available exclusively to subscribers of the advertisers, but are now available to all true fans of crime and forensic science for free streaming through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcast apps.

Just type “Guardians of the Dead” into your search engine or podcast app. The podcast is also available in The Advertiser app. Just tap “podcasts” at the bottom of your screen.

You can find links to all of the stories in the series below.

EPISODE 1: Even pathologists are human beings

What is forensic medicine? What happens at a crime scene, in the morgue and in court? Professor Byard debunks some of the biggest myths about this fascinating science and explains why one particular case – the murder of 15-year-old Samantha O’Reilly in Adelaide has been following him for almost 20 years. Subscribe to read the story | Listen to the episode below

EPISODE 2: “So Many Corpses”, Bali Bombings and Boxing Day Tsunami

Wherever a tragedy occurs, forensic pathologists follow, carrying out the important work of identifying disaster victims – often in the most difficult and difficult circumstances. Professor Byard was on the ground following the 2002 Bali bombings and 2004 Thailand tsunami and reveals how, even in the midst of so many deaths, he witnessed one of the most beautiful things he ever saw. ever seen in her life. Subscribe to read the story | Listen to the episode below

EPISODE 3: Never Trust a Camel: Death by Animal

All kinds of animals can kill humans, from leeches, roosters and sheep to fish, monkeys and camels. In this episode, Roger discusses the many bizarre ways that people have been killed by animals and how animals can help solve a mysterious death but also complicate a criminal investigation. Subscribe to read the story | Listen to the episode below.

EPISODE 4: Snowtown: Crime Scene in a Barrel

Two weeks after starting his new career as a medical examiner, Roger Byard received a phone call that would not only have a profound impact on his own life and career, but also on the small South African town of Snowtown and the whole from South Australia. In this episode, Roger details the forensic aspects of the Snowtown investigation, the unique challenges of the gruesome murders presented, and his dominant memories of one of the world’s most shocking evil deeds.
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EPISODE 5: Bushrangers. Real folk heroes or just thugs?

In modern Australia, Bushrangers are widely regarded as folk heroes, fighting for the oppressed working classes of the 19th century – but is it true? Taking examples such as Ned Kelly, Ben Hall, and Captain Moonlight, Professor Byard explains how modern forensic techniques and advanced technology have helped historians see these bush bandits in a whole new light. He also explains why getting a Ned Kelly tattoo can be bad for your health.

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EPISODE 6: Deadly Herbs: How “Natural” Remedies Can Kill

More and more people in the West are turning to herbal therapies for disease relief or for general well-being, but as Professor Byard explains, even herbal remedies can kill. He details several cases in Australia and around the world where people have died consuming and preparing preparations they thought were “natural” but were anything but, and argues for stricter regulation of what has become. a multi-billion dollar industry.
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EPISODE 7: Strange Ways to Die

We’re all going to die, but the way we check may be totally out of left field. In this episode, Professor Byard explores some of the most unusual cases he’s seen in nearly four decades as a medical examiner – from suffocation and mishaps at work to weird parasites and selfie deaths. Subscribe to read the story | Listen to the episode below