Raychelle Burks

Raychelle Burks

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

  • 0717CW Trace Analysis - John Haigh, the acid bath murderer - Hero image

    Can acid dissolve a body?

    16 June 2017

    Watch an experiment recreating how murderers tried to cover their tracks

  • CW0517 - Crucible - Hero V2

    The strychnine exhumation

    22 April 2017

    William Taylor was dead and buried… but murder will out

  • soft drink cans

    Brominated vegetable oil

    2 March 2016

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

  • Haloperidol 48405304


    4 May 2016

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

  • Civilian conservation corps (CCC) putting up a fence

    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

  • Trace analysis - Hero 2

    Murder without forensic evidence

    27 March 2017

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

  • Wintergreen plant

    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.

  • Iced tea

    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

  • pine cone and cedrol


    3 February 2016

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