Max Frei (above) was an eminent Swiss criminologist and botanist. He acted in important cases in Turin and through this connection he was asked to observe and authenticate some new photographs being taken of the Shroud. He asked if he could apply one of his simple forensic tests. This was simply to apply some sticky tape to the cloth and then see what the microscope might reveal. This request was granted and Max returned to Zurich with the tape for later examination. The picture of him above was taken on a field trip with Ian Wilson and myself once he had completed this examination and needed to find matches for what he had found.
Once Max had made his initial findings public he was inducted into the team for the making of Silent Witness and it was a pleasure to get to know him well on the various research and filming trips. Max died before he could complete his work and publish. This, combined with the absence of corroborative findings in 1978 has left his work somewhat overlooked. In the clip below he reveals the most significant of his findings.