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The University of Sheffield

Forensic Facial Reconstruction: Finding Mr. X

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


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


4.8 rating, based on 416 Class Central reviews

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  • This course diverges a lot from the regular Futurelearn courses I had dealt with earlier. The course has something weighing in on me in every chapter; a sense of relief, a collective sense of duty, a genuine cause. Every click of the subsequent chapters turns pages of progressive investigation of years. This course is highly supererogatory. Meanwhile, kindly check Durham's "Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology" course, which would be an excellent follow-up to this one.

  • 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
  • I like this course so much, it was helpful, consist all basic information and reading sooo interesting. I would like to learn more actually about this topic, so only pity this course is hort: only 2 weeks long.
  • Fantastic course. I learned many things!!!!!

    Forensic Facial Reconstruction is a wonderful job. This course showed me something fantastic about the police's job. I recomend to everyone that loves investigation.
  • I've enjoyed this course a lot, everything was easy to understand. I managed to learn a lot within two weeks. Thank you.
  • 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,...
  • Ibrahim Ridwan Madaki
    I really appreciate this cause of mine initially I thought I can't do it the fact that I'm a law student but when I stated I find it more interesting and more important in time of finding Mr X's and the identification of the male and female skeleton and their ethnicity I indeed appreciate the cause
  • RICK Lee
    I have always been a "BIG TIME" TV detective, I enjoy watching crime programs like Dateline or Forensic Files, in which I try to solve the crime before the announcer does.
    Prior to taking this course, I never knew any of the steps that it took to start from nothing and be able to solve a murder.
    I have enjoyed sharing/reading ideas, comments, and remarks from my fellow classmates, and am looking forward to the next session.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. Being a student studying Forensic Science I knew a lot of the background information needed to understand the characteristics they used for identification and highly related to the course , It felt like I was there solving the case with them and trying to figure out what the identity of the individual was. This course is highly enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it.
  • 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
    It is a very informative course detailing what can be achieved with this specific knowledge; it also gives an insight of what other sciences can be called upon to achieve a satisfactory end result in a case, these could be of interest to future learning also.

    The two media downloads was a good ending to the 'story' of the demise of Mr X as this contained a lot of information which did not need to be included in the actual science of facial recognition but was interesting to see the whole picture.
  • R.T
    Great introduction to Forensic Facial Reconstruction. The course is well presented, with a lot of audio/video and examples.

    It would be wonderful if this course was followed by a course in Forensic Facial Comparison to complete the picture of facial identification.
    Thank you to all who made this course possible.
  • Anonymous
    This course is very educational and informative I really enjoyed the facial reconstruction and finding out who Mr. X is and how he died. I learned a lot in this course, And I know this will be very usual in my studies and the field of Criminal Justice
  • Anonymous
    Extremely well done, simple enough for total newcomers to anatomy, but in-depth enough to encourage further research for folks with a more extensive background. Great information delivered concisely and with lots of extra resources. Awesome!
  • Anonymous
    I learned more in this course that could help jump start a career in forensics, it can be a game changer for most who look into this course. It’s fun and if you are serious about doing a career in forensics, I really recommend taking this course.
  • Anonymous
    A very interesting and interactive way of teaching about the work of Forensic Anthropologists and how to perform facial reconstruction. The fact that a real case was used turned the course into something much more appealing and addictive. Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    Very Comprehensive and Informative course. Felt was very simplified even for beginners. .........................,.....................
  • Anonymous
    It is a very useful course it will be helping many people this forensic facial reconstruction is good
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    Aabad Khan
    This course is very nice explanation and videos are very good.topic covered and quizs are also good.this course help me alot to study forensic science.

  • Rena Marks
    This course was so informative and interesting I would recommended it to anyone regardless of age. Thank-you for a fascinating look into Forensic science.

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