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Steeped in Blood: The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist Paperback – May 7, 2012

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Dr David Klatzow is an internationally recognised forensic scientist. He is an expert in the field of pyroforensics and an authority on blood alcohol. Before branching out into the world of forensic science, he was a lecturer of biochemistry at the University of Durban-Westville and medical biochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Struik (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868729222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868729227
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To thine own self be true,
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.
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A good read, the Boers who ran South Africa believed they were in a fight for survival, that justified everything they did.

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.
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Interesting aspects of Forensic Science in South Africa, both past and present.
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.
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Steeped in blood caught my interest because I can recall so many of the incidents.
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.
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David Klatzow is a top South African Forensic Scientist and his book is very enlightening as he explains how scientifically he has solved the many cases , criminal and otherwise, with which he has been involved. Without being over-technical he explains how he goes about finding out the facts of each case and how important it is not to take a crime scene at face value as there is more to each one than one might first imagine. David is extremely dedicated to the task of learning the truth and not dissuaded by anyone who tries to prove him wrong. Very interesting reading especially to South Africans like myself who discovered a lot of previously unknown information .
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I found this book to be absolutely fascinating. As a South African (white), and having lived through the propaganda etc we were fed in the 80's, it was really interesting to hear the scientific side of some of the goings on in those days. It does makes one fear for the recent turn of events as well, and please God history doesn't repeat itself. (as David reiterates himself in the book).This book is a must-read for anyone living in Africa, as it is based on facts, instead of some of the hysterical emotions we have to deal with in the media. Really interesting.
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