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

Lara Davis lara_davis4 at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 7 05:52:39 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, University of Sydney

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

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 Australia.



RSVP: 02 9351 3472

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