Criminal poisoning expert to speak Feb. 24 as part of URI's
Forensic Science Partnership
Thursday Seminar Series
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 22, 2000 -- A leading forensic scientist will
discuss on Thursday, Feb. 24 a pioneering survey of all that is known about
the use of poison as a weapon in murder.
John H. Trestrail III, a registered pharmacist, will be the guest speaker
at the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership Thursday
Seminar Series in Room 124 of Pastore Hall, at 4 p.m.
Trestrail, who uses as part of his e-mail address the word venomous,
is the editor of the book Criminal Poisoning: An Investigation Guide for
Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys.
Trestrail, a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and
a diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology, works at the Regional
Poison Center, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Among the topics on which Trestrail will touch are the use of poisons
in history and literature, convicting the poisoner in court, a review of
different types of poisons, techniques for crime scene investigation, and
the critical essentials of the forensic autopsy.
Trestrail is also expected to address what is known about poisoners in
general (psychological profile, types, and statistical analyses) and their
victims (who gets poisoned, investigative considerations, and classic symptoms
of poisoning). He will mention the problems of proving poisoning and convicting
the poisoner in court.
Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in pharmacy,
from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich. From 1967-1968, he attended
graduate school, majoring in natural product chemistry at the College of
Pharmacy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Trestrail's public
service experience was with the United States Peace Corps, from 1968-1970,
where he taught chemistry at the University of the Philippines College of
Agriculture, in the Republic of the Philippines.
He is a visiting instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico,
Virginia. Since 1976, he has served as the managing director of one of
the nation's certified regional poison centers. Trestrail founded the Center
for the Study of Criminal Poisoning, as well as the Toxicological History
Society, and has been featured in several episodes of "The New Detectives,"
on the Discovery Channel.
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116