24. Birder, Swindler, Soldier, Spy: Colonel Meinertzhagen’s ornithology fraud

Chairman of the British ornithologist club, Richard Meinertzhagen was once the most eminent authority on South Asian birds. In 1954, his collection of over 25,000 bird skins was even acquired by the prestigious Natural History Museum in Britain. Thirty years after his death, it was found that he had stolen birds and passed them off as his own. A lot of his data was also found to be was false. Samanth and Padmaparna speak to Pamela Rasmussen in this fascinating new crime-thriller-science-detective-mystery.