Ninety scientists have backed a petition for Kathleen Folbigg’s release. We unpack the research that convinced them.

A group of eminent Australian and international experts has petitioned the NSW Governor to pardon serial child killer Kathleen Folbigg.

The petition, whose signatories include Nobel Laureates Elizabeth Blackburn and Peter Doherty, cites new genetic evidence suggesting Folbigg’s four children, whom she was convicted of killing in 2003, may have died from natural causes.

It comes as Folbigg awaits the judgment of a NSW Supreme Court appeal, which she launched to quash the findings of a 2019 judicial inquiry that affirmed her guilt.

So what, precisely, is the scientific argument put forward in the petition?

Read my full article in Cosmos magazine here