Raychelle Burks

Raychelle Burks

Raychelle Burks is assistant professor in chemistry at St Edward's University, Austin, US

  • CW0517 - Crucible - Hero V2
    Opinion

    The strychnine exhumation

    22 April 2017

    William Taylor was dead and buried… but murder will out

  • Trace analysis - Hero 2
    Opinion

    Murder without forensic evidence

    27 March 2017

    The 2012 hunt for Michelle Mockbee’s killer emphasised detective skill over fingerprints

  • Civilian conservation corps (CCC) putting up a fence
    Opinion

    How Roosevelt's Tree Army were poisoned

    17 February 2017

    In the first of a new column, Raychelle Burks investigates a mass arsenic poisoning during the Great Depression

  • Haloperidol 48405304
    Podcast

    Haloperidol

    4 May 2016

    It failed as a painkiller, but Haldol rapidly became an essential medicine for schizophrenia. Raychelle Burks explains more

  • soft drink cans
    Podcast

    Brominated vegetable oil

    2 March 2016

    Too much cola can mess with your brain. The effects of excess brominated vegetable oil explained

  • pine cone and cedrol
    Podcast

    Cedrol

    3 February 2016

    Raychelle Burks explains how the scent of cedar wood can be used to destroy pests

  • Iced tea
    Podcast

    Sodium azide

    23 September 2015

    Raychelle Burks finds out how Potbelly’s patrons became poisoning patients, in the mystery of the sodium azide-laced iced tea

  • Wintergreen plant
    Podcast

    Methyl salicylate

    15 September 2015

    In this week’s podcast, Raychelle Burks tells us of the cool but warming effects of methyl salicylate, better known as oil of wintergreen.