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Pathologist & author Bernard Knight reveals local connection

Internationally renowned novelist, former Home Office Pathologist and Professor of Forensic Pathology, Professor Bernard Knight CBE, gave a fascinating talk to a sell-out audience at Rhiwbina Library today (Saturday November 23).

Professor Knight gave an off-the-cuff talk about his life, his career, and his books, revealing his own local connections to the area – a relative owned the bakery in Birchgrove.

He explained how his illustrious academic career was made possible by scholarships, and how he only became a doctor by accident – being offered a place to study medicine in Cardiff because a student had withdrawn at the last minute.

So young Bernard left his job as a lab technician to pursue his career in medicine, which led to his specialising in pathology and ultimately becoming a Home Office pathologist.

His high-profile cases included the serial killers Fred and Rose West, and he was the first to use DNA to identify a body in the case of teenager Karen Price, whose body was found in a carpet in 1989, eight years after her disappearance.

A prolific author of crime fiction, he confessed his own frustration with some TV crime shows, which frequently get the science wrong!

Photo: Ruth Simons

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