Scientific Aspects of the Graeme Thorne Kidnapping and Murder

Detective Sergeant A.F. Clarke, Scientific Investigation Bureau, NSW Police Force
This is an abridged version of an article first published in 1963 (Vol.16, No. 3), and reprinted in part, in the APJ’s 75th Anniversary Edition (September 2021). It relates to one of the saddest and most infamous crimes ever committed in Australia – the abduction and death of a school boy by a man desperate to steal prize winnings from the boy’s parents. Some additional comments have been inserted to provide context for today’s reader.

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