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Forensic Science Seminar Series Continues with Part 2 of ‘The Sinister Minister’

Flyer reading: Kansas Crimes, Master of Science in Forensic Science 2022-2023 Seminar Series

The second session in ESU’s Forensic Science Seminar Series is a sequel to the October offering.

“The Sinister Minister: The Murders of Sandra Bird and Martin Anderson, Part 2,” will be Monday, Nov. 14. Guest speaker is David Klamm, forensic science program coordinator and instructor at Wichita State University. Klamm was just beginning his law enforcement career in Geary County, Kansas, when Martin Anderson was murdered south of Junction City. He worked on the investigation before moving on to a lengthy career with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Klamm’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. Monday in Science Hall 72 on the ESU campus.

The remaining seminars in the series called “Kansas Crime” are:

  • Feb. 13, 2023: “She’s a Pistol,” featuring Vanessa Riebli, attorney at Bath & Edmonds PA, and Capt. Corey Wilburn of the Shawnee (Kansas) Police Department.
  • March 6: “Reading Your Skeleton: Forensic Anthropology and Death Investigation,” featuring Dr. Alexandra Klales, director of the Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery. Unit, WU-FARU and associate professor at Washburn University.
  • April 17: “Fire and Ric(in): The Debra Green Murders,” featuring Bill Chapin, former trace evidence analyst, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Parental discretion is advised. Some content may not be suitable for younger children.

The seminar series originally began as classroom presentations from experts to students in ESU’s master of science in forensic science program, Bailey said. Then she realized community members both on-campus and off might be interested, and the five-session series of public presentations was born.

“I’ve been thrilled that attendance is about half ESU campus community and half Emporia community,” Bailey said. “The feedback has always been great, and I get asked when our next series is and what’s coming up from community members every year.”