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An expert who has consulted on investigations ranging from JFK's assassination to the murder of Laci Peterson, forensic pathologist Wecht dissects five recent high-profile cases. The opening chapters cover the deaths of former Playboy centerfold Anna Nicole Smith and her 20-year-old son, Daniel. Rumors abounded, and Wecht—called in by Smith's lawyer and friend Howard K. Stern to perform a second autopsy—determined that Daniel and Smith both died of accidental drug overdoses. In the murders of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe in 1998 and seven-year-old Danielle van Dam in 2002 in their San Diego homes, Wecht agreed with prosecutors who argued that Crowe had been stabbed by a mentally unstable transient, but in the van Dam case, he concluded that the girl was kidnapped and later killed by a neighbor. In the most compelling section, Wecht explores the case of a doctor accused of administering fatal doses of morphine to nine hospital patients during Hurricane Katrina. But fascinating as the cases are, and though Wecht's breadth of forensic knowledge and experience is undeniable, these stories lack cohesion and too often veer into unnecessary minutiae. (Oct.)
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"Fantastic forensic detail. Great mystery writing. The reader is pulled right into A Question of Murder." -- Dr. Henry C. Lee, Chief Emeritus for Scientific Service for the state of Connecticut, and author of Forensic Files, Cracking Cases and Cracking More Cases

"From the morgue as a forensic pathologist to the courtroom as an expert witness, Dr. Cyril Wecht gives the deceased a voice. This thrilling book explains the process he goes through to determine if a death is suspicious and needs to be dealt with by the criminal justice system." -- Dr. Michael M. Baden, former Chief Medical Examiner for New York City, and host of HBO's series, "Autopsy."

"What a good combination: One of America's leading medical detectives paired with a very savvy crime reporter. Readers will enjoy A Question of Murder." -- Robert K. Ressler, M.S., an author and co-founder of the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program.

"You might think someone who wrote true-crime all day would look for lighter reading. That's often true, but I was completely fascinated with A Question of Murder and read it far into the wee hours. Cyril Wecht is among a handful of outstanding forensic pathologists--his memory and files are filled with details of infamous death investigations. Now he shares his stories. Dawna Kaufmann co-authors with a style and fluidity that makes the pages fly by. This book is for the intelligent true-crime devotee who searches for the secrets behind the secrets in the most incredible cases of our time. I thought I knew the hidden details, but I found I didn't. This will become a classic in the genre. Spellbinding." -- Ann Rule, the author of The Stranger Beside Me, Too Late to Say Goodbye, and 27 more true-crime books
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159102661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591026617
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By hb on December 30, 2011
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New Information on crimes I have been watching and reading about for years. From Cyril's point of view, which I am most interested in. First book I have read of Mr. Wecht and I bought all his others!
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Great book. A few to many duplications in the chapters of Ana Nichole Smith and her son, it felt a bit like filler material. Over all a great read.
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A QUESTION OF MURDER: COMPELLING CASES FROM A FAMED FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST comes from a forensic pathologist who has dissected the greatest, performing autopsies on over 16,000 bodies to determine why and how they died. His expertise lends to a true-crime expose considering such fascinating cases as those of Anne Nicole Smith, murder victim child Stephanie Crowe, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Interesting insight from a pathologist personally involved in these recent cases. Well written and well balanced with enough background info on the victims and other key characters, along with the factual descriptions of the causes of death.

An interesting mix of cases in this book...some mysterious deaths and some certain murders...even an incident at a hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Cyril Wecht is so good at his work. Most of the book is about Anna Nicole Smith and her son who died in the hospital room right after his mother had a baby. The other cases are good, too.
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Interesting to read of his profession and his professional challenges. This man seems to have the respect of the world! I enjoyed his descriptions of his daily work.
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This was for my wife to read, and she was very glad to get it, on time as advertised. Thank you
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