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Steeped in Blood: The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist Paperback – May 7, 2012
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And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.'
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene iii, lines 78-80
Legendary forensic scientist Dr David Klatzow bookmarks his new book Steeped in Blood with this quote from Hamlet. Klatzow has spent his life searching for the truth - often at a risk to his own life and to his own reputation.
Written without descending into a legal tome of dull prose, Klatzow and his fellow scribe, Sylvia Walker, take the reader through a fascinating dissertation on many of the landmark forensic investigations with which he has been involved.
Klatzow takes the reader through several high profile cases and, probably, the one which has the most appeal beyond the legal fraternity is the South African Helderberg 747 crash in 1987. Drawing on evidence and with some quite exceptional forensic work, he uncovers the massive cover up by the apartheid Government. It makes for absorbing reading.
No stone is unturned in the quest for the truth and insights on such other high-profile cases such as the Kebble affair, numerous apartheid atrocities and, more recently, the van der Vyver case keep the reader turning page after page.
The author relates numerous examples of how conflicts of fact had to be resolved during the cases that he was involved in and that in most of them, his opinions were accepted by the judges presiding. Klatzow's command of the English language is well known and he uses this skill throughout the book and in describing his numerous court appearances.
In his foreword, Advocate George Bizos SC of the Legal Resources Centre and noted defence lawyer states, "No trial lawyer, senior investigating officer or potential expert witness can afford to ignore this book."
To this we should add, anyone who believes in the truth.
Some jarring improbabilities: the South African flight was flying for hours with dead passengers, a large chunk of the front right burned off. The top leadership of South Africa told the pilot to crash into the Indian Ocean. He did, knowing it was suicide.
It gets worse. The pilot was directed to ditch in an area "where the ocean is 45 sea miles deep". A sea mile, nautical mile, is 6080 feet.
And a nuclear bomb South Africa got from North Korea that sank when the 747 crashed in October 1987 caused the Boxing Day disaster in 2004; it took 23 years for the corrosion to eat the wiring and short it out. North Korea's first bomb was in October, 2006. It's extremely unlikely Kim had the atom secret for almost 20 years before he used it.
A good read, when there's questionable text like this, makes you wonder how much else is fudged.
However the egotism and arrogance of the writer is unfortunate as this creates bias in the reading of the book. After a while, I was quite tempted to just put the book down and move to something else.
This is a case of the writer being bigger than the book and in Klatzow's case, he most certainly is not.
However some of the conclusions reached about the Helderberg spoiled everything for me and I cannot help feeling
duped by the author.
To say that the vast majority of white people were ignorant and believed everything the government of the day spoon fed us
is mostly true. We were bombarded by a medium (television) and this was used as a total onslaught.
When a government comes to fall it is easy to point out their faults. Not all white people went to university and not all white people moved in circles where they got access to pertinent information.
Beware of passing judgement.
The present government has been given the task of running the country democratically but they are guilty of payback with interest and that is a sad state of affairs as everything positive has been negated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well -written account and an easy read for the lay person to follow. Fascinating to understand what goes on behind the scenes and is not reported.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting read as Klatzow discusses South African cases which we have been very curious about, but have never heard what happened behind the scenes.Published 11 months ago by Hanlie
Does not give an in depth description of his investigation and findings and seems to use same reasons for a number of cases. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stuart Alan Mc Intyre
The factual basis rather enhances the simple and straightforward style. Well worth a read. A basic familiarity with South African headlines will make it well worth while.Published on December 27, 2013 by Brian McLoughlin
The truth will set you free! Great read, let's hope the present govt does not repeat the atrocities of the past...Published on September 30, 2013 by B. du Plessis
Although the cases in themself were surely interesting to be involved in and surely the writer did some good work, the book comes across as a subjective account of the writer and... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Rihannk