Participant Info

First Name
Katherine D.
Last Name
Oxford Brookes University
Website URL
crime, forensic medicine, acid throwing, poisoning crimes
Additional Contact Information
Email only, from outside the UK

Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of forensic medicine and crime in Britain, focusing on the period between 1700 and the First World War. My research is interdisciplinary, drawing on law, medicine and social history of crime. I am currently completing a monograph on medico-legal practice in England and Wales 1700-1914, drawing on case reports of interpersonal violence (mainly homicide). My next book will be a short history of vitriol throwing (acid attacks) in Britain, covering the period from the late 18th century to the 1970s.

Recent Publications

“Love, vengeance and vitriol: an Edwardian true-crime drama”, in A-M. Kilday and D. Nash (eds), Law, Crime and Deviance since 1700: Micro-Studies in the History of Crime (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), pp. 107-123

“Mental disorder, crime and the development of healthcare systems”, in P.J. Weindling (ed.), Healthcare in Private and Public from the Early Modern Period to 2000 (Routledge, 2015), pp. 58-81

“Women, violent crime and criminal justice in Georgian Wales”, Continuity and Change 28 (2013): 245-272

Forensic Medicine in Western Society: A History (Routledge, 2010)

Media Coverage
I have provided on-screen expert commentary in numerous television documentaries about various aspects of the history of crime, most recently A Town and Country Murder (S3 Ep4, 2015). More recently, I have provided background information for the BBC seri
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Law, Medicine, Sexual Violence