Professor Robert Williams

Meredith - Murder and justice in Italy

This talk centres on the murder of a British student, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia in 2007 and the conviction, imprisonment and subsequent acquittal of one of her alleged murderers, Amanda Knox.

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Marilyn - The life and strange death of Marilyn Monroe

Monroe’s untimely and sudden death has generated much public interest in her life and how it ended.

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Conspiracies and conspiracy theory

What are conspiracies and why are they so appealing to so many people as explanations of problematic events?

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American scandals, Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton

Why did a ‘third rate burglary’ lead to the first and only presidential resignation while President Reagan managed to avoid impeachment over his decision to sell arms to a terrorist nation.

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Profumo - A very British scandal

The most important and famous British scandal of the twentieth century which resulted in the resignation in disgrace of a senior cabinet minister and helped bring down a Prime Minister.

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Murder - The case of Jill Dando

What do we know about murder, who commits it and what weapons are most commonly used?

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The strange death of Dr Kelly

The failure to find Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq prompted questions about the reliability of the government’s assessment of Iraq’s capabilities.

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MPs and the corruption of parliament

Do recent events suggest that all politicians are corrupt? Are there any Honourable members left?

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Scandal and corruption

Scandals are increasingly common and are very popular with the media and the public.

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Conspiracy and Murder. Who killed JFK?

What really happened that fateful day in Dallas and why?

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Diana - Misadventure or murder?

The events in Paris which resulted in the death of an icon, the most famous woman in the world, have generated a number of popular conspiracy theories.

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9/11 Terror and conspiracy

The events of 9/11 shocked America and the world. They produced the ‘War on Terror’ and the invasions of two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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