[ASC-list] [NSW]: Public talk - How physics convicted a killer

Lara Davis lara_davis4 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 2 01:36:13 UTC 2009

Public talk: Evidence for
Murder – How physics convicted a killer

Associate Professor Rod Cross

6.30pm, 19 November 2009

Footbridge Theatre, Parramatta Road

In June 1995, Caroline Byrne died as a result of a fall from a cliff at The
Gap in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Gap is a popular scenic spot and is also a
notorious suicide spot. The police initially dismissed Caroline’s death as just
another suicide. Did she jump, or was she thrown?

Associate Professor Rod Cross will give an account of his physics
investigations, including footage of his experiments and stories from inside
the court room. His evidence showed that Caroline was thrown, and was a
critical part of the evidence presented at Gordon Wood’s trial.


Rod Cross is a forensic
scientist and former Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, where he
now works as an honorary member of staff. He led the scientific investigation
into whether Caroline Byrne jumped or was thrown over the edge of the cliff at
The Gap. He continues to work in forensic physics and on the physics of sport.
He is a consultant to the NSW Coroner and the NSW Homicide Squad, and to Tennis



RSVP: outreach at physics.usyd.edu.au

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