Forensic Investigators: Neddy Smith
Thursday 14 February 6:00PM HK/SIN/MAL 5:00PM Thai/WIB
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Sunday 06 October 1:00PM HK/SIN/MAL 12:00PM Thai/WIB
March 1995 – when a skull is found at Botany Beach the police, crime scene examiners and the forensic pathologist, among other specialists, were brought to the scene. After a number of painstaking hours, a whole skeleton packed with sand and covered with a polyester cardigan was removed and taken to the morgue.
Police officers soon began to suspect that the skeleton was a bloke by the name of Harvey Jones, a small time crim who had vanished 12 years before. To prove it, they’d need a forensic odontologist to help them out. And without any dental records from Harvey’s dentist, Chris Griffiths, the odontologist, had to be inventive … and he was. By using a photo given to him by Harvey’s mum he was able to superimpose that picture over the skull and teeth and, as if you were in a movie, Harvey came to life.
But who killed Harvey? The officers had more than an inkling… they were convinced that he was the victim of Arthur “Neddy” Smith.
Some years earlier, Neddy Smith had been given a life sentence for what could only be described these days as a “road-rage” murder. While there he confessed to his cell mate to killing Harvey Jones and gave a detailed account of how he killed him and where… and it was all recorded on tape.
That was six months before the skeletal remains of Harvey were found on the beach. At that point a tape confession was not enough to charge and arrest Smith. He could quite rightly say that he made the whole thing up – and at that time the police didn’t have a body to prove anything.
But now six months later with the skeleton exposed, the truth of what happened would also be uncovered and it would be done via forensics. It was a long and painstaking court process, but after a trial and many appeals Neddy Smith was found guilty of murdering Harvey Jones and he is now in maximum security jail for life never to be released