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Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

Solve the mystery of the body in the bag

On Saturday 22 January 2000, two men found a small holdall, abandoned on an industrial estate in the north of Sheffield. Upon opening the bag they made a gruesome discovery. A badly decomposed body.

Who was this person? Why did they die? Where had the body been stored all of this time?

On this course from The University of Sheffield, you’ll learn alongside the experts who worked to determine the identity of Mr. X. You’ll discover the forensic science techniques that were used to identify the body and understand the circumstances surrounding their death.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in how forensic anatomy and facial reconstruction can assist police investigations. No prior qualifications in forensic science or other disciplines are required.

Students and practitioners in the fields of archaeology, anatomy, and anthropology may gain valuable insights into the use of anatomy expertise in forensic work that they can apply to their study and work in the field.

Taught by

Katherine Linehan

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 317 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I signed up for this course following an email from Futurelearn and have to say that I am glad that I did. It is well paced and easy to follow and whilst it is obviously only covering the basics I feel that I have learnt a lot about the human skull,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I enjoyed the course and found it very interesting. The quality of the presenters was impressive. One comment I have is that there was less interaction between the students and the mentor(s) than I've seen on any other course I've taken. For example,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course really interesting and informative as it gave a real insight into what it takes to reconstruct someone's face. I liked how the individual facial muscles were highlighted in separate diagrams as it made it much clearer to understand,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Fantastic course! I'm interested in CSI because of the TV series I've seen these years, so I joined this forensic course. As the name of the course suggests, I followed every steps to see how the final imagines and model were reconstructed based on a skull. From the body in a bag to the police finally arrested the killers, now I know the whole picture of facial reconstruction in this particular case. The professors and experts provided the evidence and methods in great detail which impressed me the most, thank you Sheffield!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I knew nothing about this subject when I started this course, which I did out of curiosity. I'm retired now and have been learning from these Future Learn courses for several years to keep my brain active and get knowledge of things that I know little about.
    This course was so interesting and it was good to follow the case through from the beginning right to the end of result of seeing the murderers brought to justice.
    Thank you to all the experts who put this course together.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Fascinating topic for a course and a good balance between science and context. There were a few bits that weren't so clear or had typos, but overall the course was engaging and often contained clearly expressed content. There were also some great discussion points and the ability to discuss the course with other participants online certainly enriched the course experience. A fab way to understand the real science at work compared with the tv portrayals of facial reconstruction and forensic science.
  • Naser Aldhawi

    Naser Aldhawi completed this course.

    Forensic Facial Reconstruction for me is quite new I learned many things about how to find the criminals or suspected murders and to investigate and the meaning of Forensic many specialists can participate, Anthropologist pathologist Anatomy and got new Idea that after death long period we can reconstruction human remains to find out the reason of the death and functionalist of many parts of the body and how to make clay for reconstruction
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Facinating look at a really worthwhile aspect of forensic science. The videos & notes were very well
    laid out, thorough & accesible. Having someone who had actually been at the origional crime scene was a real bonus. The two mentors provided very helpful extra information as well as support & encouragement. Thanks to everyone involved. Definitely a course worth taking.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very interesting course for a Private Investigator, USA. facial reconstructions were stunning! An excellent introductory course. I pared it with the Forensic Psychology : Witness Investigation course to keep me well rounded.
    Facial Reconstruction can be completed relatively quickly & has led me to sign up for three other courses.
    Class is not to hard for beginners, well done!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found the course immensely interesting as it dealt with a real investigation of a murder and the application of justice. The techniques used in facial reconstruction are truly astounding. The course material was presented in an easy to understand way by the well trained and skilled professional researchers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I must say every time spent on this course was really worth... Who would have imagined how much the skeleton of a decayed corpse could reveal.. Kudos to all who were involved in finding Mr X.. This course is really eye opening
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Amazing and so informative, it has left me with a strong wish to continue learning and I’m no spring chicken. I have printed off sections so that I can re read and go over things. Great conversations to be had in the future.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I gained a small understanding of how forensic reconstruction works. I do not see it of any use to me as I am far to old (71) to take up the full time course, but great to gain an understanding of how it all happens.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    it was a beautiful course that made me see closely all that I watch in television series and documentaries criminal cases. Especially the videos they were instructive
  • Rosemary Sims

    Rosemary Sims completed this course.

    This was my first course on future Learn, being a long time fan of tv programmed such as CSI ( in all formats) even programmers such as Quincy, it caught my interest. I have read all of Cathy Reichs novels so it was a natural progression to start this...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have enjoyed the course very much & too much pleased with this . I am thankful to The University of Sheffield for giving us such opportunity to enrich our knowledge.
  • Bob Stroud

    Bob Stroud completed this course.

    I have often watched the various tv shows and wondered if I could learn a bit more about foresics. You have done an admirable job for which I thank you.
    Bob
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was extremely interesting and well presented. It was pitched at a level which would make it approachable for people with little or no scientific background and yet was not oversimplified for others who may have some scientific knowledge. Forensic...
  • Raiyan Ahmed

    Raiyan Ahmed completed this course.

    I have never done this type of things.So this is an unique course for me.I really enjoyed this course so much.I have never done this type of things.So this is an unique course for me.I really enjoyed this course so much.I have never done this type of...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very well done. I’m an embalmer and restorative artist working in the funeral industry for 24 years. I have have embalmed an estimated 2500 deceased human beings. I have completed a few hundred restorative art cases of which were minimal to extensive...

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