A ROYAL EXECUTION - DNA Profiling and Forensic Investigation into the Romanov Mystery
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with Forensic Scientist Dr Peter Gill
Thursday 19th August 2021 at 7:00 pm

In July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were shot and bayoneted to death by Communist revolutionaries in Yekaterinburg, but no evidence of the crime was discovered. Rumours abounded that the Grand Duchess Anastasia had escaped to the West and up to ten different women claimed to be her. Over 70 years after the fateful night, the investigation into the Royal Family's murders remained open and still no bodies had been found. But in 1991 human remains were excavated close to where the Romanovs were murdered, and a new phase of the investigation began.

In this talk, Dr Peter Gill, a world-renowned British forensic scientist, reveals how he was invited to use the then fairly new science of DNA profiling techniques to solve this historic mystery. Gill will describe the history, methods and protocol of this forensic practice, unveiling how he and a small group of scientists were able to extract DNA from bones that had been buried for nearly three quarters of a century.

Tickets £4.80 including a 20% donation to the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Dr Peter Gill
With over 40 years' experience, Dr Peter Gill is one of the pioneers of DNA profiling as applied to forensic science. He is responsible for many innovations in this field including those that led to the creation of the UK national DNA database, the first in the world.

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