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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144470
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the moment the medical examiner gets a call about a suspected homicide, through the trial of the accused and beyond, this book provides rich forensic detail that will tantalize both scientists and civilians. Wecht and Kaufmann make a great team."
-Henry C. Lee, PhD, World-renowned criminalist and author, and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut

"With Wecht’s experienced eye for forensic medicine and law, and Kaufmann’s talent for structure and narrative, this book offers a balanced and comprehensive view of seven very different deadly mysteries."
-Mark Geragos, Criminal defense attorney, California Litigator of the Year for civil law,
and frequent media commentator on legal issues

"What happens when hard science intersects with compelling storytelling? You get a fresh analysis and incisive perspective. Wecht and Kaufmann explore seven cases as diverse as the death of Rolling Stone Brian Jones and the murder trial of Casey Anthony, without losing the humanity behind the scenes."
-Marc Klaas, Victims’ advocate and founder of the KlaasKids Foundation whose goal is to ensure the safety of all children from predatory criminals

"From Crime Scene to Courtroom is skillfully written, forensically intriguing, and highly recommended for anyone interested in the complex stories behind these notorious deaths. Wecht and Kaufmann collaborate in their dogged quest for not only the truth, but justice for the voiceless victims."
-Mark E. Safarik, Retired FBI profiler, partner in Forensic Behavioral Services International,and host of the television series Killer Instinct on the CLOO network

"If you love real-world legal thrillers, this book is a must buy! Wecht and Kaufmann expose never-revealed facts and expert scrutiny of the cases that had you glued to television news night after night, and they also introduce you to other fresh cases with startling twists."
-Wendy Murphy, Former Boston prosecutor, faculty member at the New England School of Law,and frequent news commentator on high-profile crimes

"For true-crime fans everywhere! Wecht and Kaufmann put you at the crime scene and take you right into the courtroom. Forget the TV and cable shows—you’ll turn your TV off because you won’t be able to put down this powerful book."
-Tricia Griffith, Co-owner of WebSleuths.com, the Internet’s number one true-crime discussion forum

About the Author

Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, one of the world’s leading forensic pathologists/lawyers, is the author or co-author of A Question of Murder, Tales from the Morgue, Mortal Evidence, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Grave Secrets, Cause of Death, and hundreds of professional publications. He has served as president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has appeared on numerous nationally syndicated television programs, including Dateline NBC, 48 Hours Mystery, 20/20, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo at Large, Issues with Jane Velez- Mitchell, and many others.

Dawna Kaufmann is an accomplished true-crime journalist whose work has been heralded by law enforcement and the media. The co-author with Dr. Wecht of A Question of Murder, she has covered hundreds of high-profile homicide and missing-person cases for national magazines, including the National Enquirer, Star, and Globe, as well as countless other publications, and has contributed material to Criminalists: An Introduction to Forensic Science, the leading textbook on the subject for high schools and universities. In addition, she is an award-winning producer and writer, with a multitude of credits in television, including late-night and variety programming.

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Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, one of the world's leading forensic pathologists/lawyers, is the author or co-author of A Question of Murder, Tales from the Morgue, Mortal Evidence, Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?, Grave Secrets, Cause of Death, and hundreds of professional publications. He has served as president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has appeared on numerous nationally syndicated television programs, including Dateline NBC, 48 Hours Mystery, 20/20, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo at Large, Issues with Jane Velez- Mitchell, and many others.

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Very well written.
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If you're hooked on true crime writing, as I am, this book is a must.
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Finished it in one sitting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Norine Dresser on November 9, 2011
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Although I was reluctant to read the first chapter details about the Casey Anthony trial because the information about the disappearance and murder of the child was so horrendous, nonetheless, I was pulled in by the clarity of writing and non-judgmental presentation of facts. Consequently, I read the book cover to cover and believe I am now more understanding of the justice system and its flaws. I believe this book is a MUST READ for anyone who wants a well-balanced understanding of what goes on behind the headlines related to sensational murder cases.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Waters on June 16, 2012
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Chapter 2 is a story of one of the most horrific crimes in the State of Texas. USAF Colonel Philip Michael Shue was abducted on his way to work in Kendall County. His tortured body was found in his vehicle, duct tape on his wrists and ankles, his finger and ear cut off, a 6" incision down the middle of his chest and his nipples excised. His ex-wife, Nancy Shue Timpson, refused to cancel a million dollar insurance policy she held on Colonel Shue's life as part of their divorce decree. In her videotaped deposition [available on the 48 Hours website, she plead the Fifth over 20 times when questioned about his murder. The chapter chronicles the horrors families suffered with a brutal homicide is ruled as a suicide, including seriously flawed forensics, the broken Texas system wherein Justices of the Peace can rule on cause and manner of death without any medical training, the questionable and suspect rational of the Bexar County Medical Examiner's office in San Antonio, Texas, and Kendall County Sheriff's Dept. who refuse to investigate a crime in spite of a Judge's Order that the death certificate be amended from suicide to homicide. It is the story of the century on how a wife, Tracy Shue, who continues to fight tirelessly and against all odds for the justice of her husband, Philip Michael Shue.From Crime Scene to Courtroom: Examining the Mysteries Behind Famous Cases
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Schultz VINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
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Forensic Pathologist Cyril Wecht gives background summaries of the investigations surrounding the deaths of:

1) Caylee Anthony, daughter of Casey Anthony who was acquitted of killing the toddler. Wecht provides some of the information that the jury was not allowed to hear and that might have altered their surprising verdict. Wecht draws a parallel between this case and the plot of the award-winning movie "The Usual Suspects." Be forewarned. If you haven't seen that movie yet, Wecht's account contains a major spoiler.

2) Colonel Philip Shue, who was found dead in his crashed car. Although the death was ruled a suicide, Wecht tells why he believes the autopsy shows Col. Shue was tortured shortly before dying.

3) Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones band. There is a "Straw Dogs" element to Wecht's narrative of the events surrounding Jones' drowning in his pool. An intimidating group of handymen had virtually moved into Jones' English estate, where, according to some reports, they did little work, but spent time propositioning Jones' girlfriend, getting drunk, and stealing some of Jones' belongings. Wecht however comes up with some surprising conclusions about Jones' death.

4) Kathleen Savio, third wife of Drew Peterson. After Peterson's fourth wife disappeared, a renewed investigation into Savio's death resulted in charges of murder being brought against Peterson. Wecht presents a good thumbnail biography of Peterson. Even though a lot of publicity has surrounded this case, you'll probably learn some things here you hadn't heard before about Peterson's life, including some information about a shocking accident involving his SECOND wife.

5) Gabby Bechen, a 12-year-old-girl who left her Pennsylvania home one morning to visit a neighbor's property.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BON-JOVI UTAH on January 26, 2013
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I love everything about forensic files.This book is good and you do learn about a few unheard of crimes. Not everything is on the news. It does give you a new look on some of the bad handling of the crime scenes. Its sad to read about criminals that don,t get convicted because of incompetent people. Dr. Henry Lee and Dr. Baden are awesome, so thank you for their hard work. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SoCalBob on February 17, 2012
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If you're hooked on true crime writing, as I am, this book is a must. It covers several high-profile cases with the crucial details the media misses. Well-written, the writers let the facts tell the story. Two thumbs up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By September on May 25, 2014
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I liked this book because it gives you insight from the crime scene to the coroner to the courtroom. It gives alot of info left out by the media when they breported these crimes. I would recommend this book to anyone with an enquiring mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie on January 11, 2014
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Very well written. A lot of insight creating a reasonable conclusion and discovery that goes into reenacting a crime. Some crime scenes are a bit repetitive.
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By A. Doyle on November 2, 2013
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Interesting material but not well written. It could have been much more interesting if it had been written with some style.
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