My brother Calvin, a civil engineer, with our book Bloody Lies, after receiving a copy in Canada. We wrote this book between us, with him in Canada and me in SA. We are proud that this book has been published by Penguin, a leading publishing company, and that it has received good reviews.
Appearing on South Africa’s foremost investigative programme Carte Blanche, 27 January 2013. At the time it was the longest insert (3-segments) in the programmes history. In front of me, on the table, are some props used to explain our findings.
Demonstrating to Carte Blanche presenter Devi Govender, how, based on available postmortem and spatter evidence, the attack had been carried out using an ornamental hammer – and also why a blow on a pig’s head resting on a steel table could not be compared to a blow on a human head resting on a pillow (following the police’s exercise where part of the implicated hammer had bent after one hard blow on a pig’s head. I constructed the dummy head from papier-mache.
Speaking at the Breyten Breytenbach Montagu Literary Festival, 2016. My talks are open for anybody to attend.
After a talk at De Hoek Manor, Stellenbosch, covered (and video-recorded) by Netwerk24.
Video recording by Netwerk24, of the De Hoek Stellenbosch talk.
Speaking at a press conference in Katowice, Poland, 2014, about the Lotz case, attended by 15–20 Polish journalists – resulting in, among other things, this article in the Polish press.
Preparing material for the press conference in Katowice.
Dr Lucasz Smacki, attached to the University of Selisia, looking at an exhibit during the Katowice press conference. Dr Smacki is a world leading developer of identification systems, especially pertaining to lip prints.
A journalist comparing a (real) lip print (taken at the conference by Dr Smacki) with the alleged ‘lip print’ on Folien 1 (circled in yellow). Nobody, including Dr Smacki, was convinced that the print on Folien 1 is a lip print, which, together with the many other lip print reviews that we have received from lip print experts around the world, strongly supports our finding that the print is not a lip print, as contended by the defence experts. They were dead wrong. Therefore, and given that the print is provably the curved finger of the duster, the police’s version that Folien 1 came from the DVD cover, should stand – placing Fred van der Vyver with Inge after 15:07 on 16 April 2005; thus disproving his version that a he was at work the whole afternoon.
Some of the props used at the Katowice conference. I like to show what I’m talking about in front open crowds who can, at any time, object, criticise or question any of our findings or anything I say.
Giving a presentation at UCT after being invited by the Department of Pathology attended by eminent forensic scientists and medical personnel, 2014.
Four-page article in Fair Lady, 2014.
Third-page article in Rapport, 2016. The photo insert (top right) shows me explaining an aspect of the argument relating to Folien 1 to the journalist, as I like to demonstrate what I’m saying. The photo was taken in the Rapport office at Media24’s head office in Cape Town.
Front-page main article in Rapport, 2017, based on our work (finding marks on the towel corresponding with the implicating hammer). See one example below. It must be noted that while the implicated hammer that belonged to Fred van der Vyver, tested inconclusive for blood, it reacted with Luminol, implying that there was blood or bleach on it, the latter being a substances that can be used to remove blood. Both blood and bleach react reasonably similarly with Luminol. The hammer was not supposed to have had either on it.
One of the many marks, showing similarity with the implicated hammer. This comparison above was done on a 1:1 scale with photos of the actual towel and actual hammer the hammer that reacted with Luminol. This evidence, found by me, was not presented during the 2007 criminal trial against Fred van der Vyver.
Appearing on Kwêla, KykNet, 2016.
Appearing on Huisgenoot Warelewensdramas: Inge Lotz, Via, 2017.
With my Biomedical Forensic Science Master’s year group before attending the first of several compulsory autopsies during 2017. We had to write and compile comprehensive (Section 212) autopsy reports on 7 of these autopsies, each of which which was then marked by the pathologist who had performed the autopsy concerned. I obtained >80% for all my reports. Forensic Pathology remains my main area of interest.
During Crime Scene Investigation Training at Bishop Lavis SAPS Training Centre, 2018.
Demonstrating Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) to pupils at an open day, at UCT, 2018.
With Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry (2013) Professor Michael Levitt, Friday, 16 November 2017, Wolfson Pavilion, UCT Medical School Campus, after his interesting talk on the ‘The Birth and Future of Multiscale Modelling of Macromolecules’.
With Senior State Prosecutor Adv Louis van Niekerk, just after the delivery of the guilty verdict in the State vs Jason Rohde case, 2018. I assisted the State, pro bono, in this case, especially with the pathology.
Sitting with the prosecution during the Jason Rohde murder trial, 2018.
Proudly, and with a great sense of honour, receiving some of the legendary forensic pathologist Professor Deon Knobel’s medical handbooks, science journals and self-compiled bound notes, only months before his unfortunate passing. Professor Knobel was a former Head of Forensic Medicine at UCT, and many of his notes are still used during lectures. He was a dear friend and mentor of mine, and he and I would sit for hours in Court, listening to case arguments. He attended Court sessions up until his last days, when he could hardly walk anymore. A true legend!
While not being the best and most serious student at the time, I managed to obtain my B.Sc. degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 1993, majoring in Physiology. I will be completing my (structured) Master’s degree in Biomedical Forensic Science soon I am currently busy finalising my dissertation on the research project (see the last photo further below).
Certificate of attendance of a five-day Bone Trauma Course, presented by arguably the world’s foremost Forensic Anthropologist, Dr Steven Symes (employed by the Department of Mississippi State Medical Examiner), assisted by Professor Ericka L’Abbé, Head of Forensic Anthropology at the University of Pretoria (UP). The course included a valuable practical component with UP’s large skeletal remains collection. (Copies of certificates of attendance of attended Toxicology symposiums 2017 and 2019)
During an excavation exercise next to the Tygerberg Mortuary, 2017.
During the actual excavation of a three-century-old grave site close to Cape Town, 2017.
In conversation with Dr Simon Elliot during a break at the second Toxicology Symposium held at UCT, 2019. Dr Elliot – a leading Toxicologist from UK and the director of Elliot Forensic Consulting was the principal speaker. The focus was on Postmortem Toxicology.
On the last day of my self-designed, novel Master’s research project, which took a year and a half to complete, after examining the decomposition of 7 pigs in seawater in custom-built water tanks, 23 December 2019.
March 2021 – Guess lecturing at UCT – to 2nd-year Masters students (Biomedical Forensic Science).