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Who Killed King Tut?: Using Modern Forensics to Solve a 3,300-Year Old Mystery Hardcover – April, 2004

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Intrigued by the brief life and premature death of young King Tutankhamen, the authors combine modern forensic archaeological evidence, modern forensic techniques, and psychological data to determine whether or not King Tut was actually murdered. After concluding that the young pharaoh did not die of natural causes, they investigate and eliminate each of the likely suspects, until they point the finger at Ay, one of Tut's most trusted advisors. King, a detective, joined forces with an Egyptologist, sifting through a variety of concrete clues while at the same time employing some more speculative criminal-profiling and intelligence-gathering methods. Written in the style^B of a fictional whodunit, this fascinating piece of historical detection will appeal to history buffs, mystery lovers, and true-crime fans. Margaret Flanagan
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"...this book is unique in presenting a criminological analysis." -- College & Research Library News, November 2004
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,690,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SingleEyePhotos on March 9, 2011
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On just about every page I was saying "Huh? And just where did you come up with THAT conclusion?". This purports to be an investigation by 2 police profilers into who may have killed King Tut, and perhaps they did do a thorough investigation, but you'd never guess that from the book. Editing was awful - repititious, poorly thought-out, tons of irrelevancies, etc. The tone was 'dumbed down' (they were also filming for a Discovery Channel show and parts of this book read like a transcript of the program) but the language alternated between using scientific terminology and sounding like the stuffiest of stuffy 'police talk' in the witness box in a police procedural. The 'voice' alternated - randomly - between 1st person and 3rd person, sometimes even within a paragraph. Facts were provided in the wrong order, and the detectives appeared to pick and choose among which 'facts' they gave credence to. They took, at times, a very condescending and demeaning view of the Egyptian 'common folk'.

The investigators spent an unconscionable amount of time patting themselves on the back for their investigative/profiling abilities - which it should be noted, all took place 'behind the scenes' - the reader was never privy to any discussion or alternate theories that were ultimately discarded. They presented their conclusions as 'facts' without describing how they reached those conclusions. No evidence pro or con was given, just a statement along the lines of 'after reveiwing the evidence, we determined ... " and then those 'determinations' were treated as hard fact with no additional supporting detail. There were instances where they appeared to contradict themselves.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on May 13, 2006
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Who Killed King Tut? What a title! And who hasn't wanted to know? More importantly, who doesn't already have a theory?

The book is a wonderfully entertaining "who dunnit" cum travel documentary; in fact it was originally filmed by a British production company as a feature for the Discovery Channel.

The two super sleuths certainly have impressive credentials, Michael King is State Regional Intelligence Supervisor for the Department of Homeland Security in Utah, and Gregory Cooper his partner in this investigation is Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement, also a former profiler for the FBI's Criminal Profiling Unit. Given the vita of both individuals, it should come as no surprise that what they add to the much-discussed conundrum of King Tut's demise, is their capacity as profilers.

As the preface by Harold J. Bursztajn (Co-director of the Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Massachusetts Mental Health Center) notes, the authors are able to look at the situation as professional homicide investigators. They avoid premature commitment to any theory and instead examine the situation in terms of "risk profile." From low risk to high risk, is the individual likely to have been a victim of murder, suicide, natural causes or accident? And if murder is suspected, who is likely to have been the perpetrator at the victim's risk level? If high risk, it is more likely to be a crime of opportunity by an assailant unknown to the victim; if low risk, it is more likely to be someone known to the victim. The commentator also points out that unlike many historians investigating the case, the authors approach the victim's profile as an evolving situation, looking at a more dynamic profile of risk over the individual's lifetime.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redcoyote44 on December 10, 2013
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Arrived on time. Purchased as a gift. Only negative - arrived a little bent, but can fix by putting heavier hard cover books on top and bottom for a few days.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2004
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The collaboration of Michael R. King, Gregory Cooper, Don DeNevi, and Joan Fletcher, Who Killed King Tut?: Using Modern Forensics To Solve a 3300-Year-Old Mystery is a survey of a 3,000 year old mystery and how modern forensics could solve the crime. Two new law enforcement specialists in forensics and the psychological of criminal behavior here use modern crime-solving techniques to add a very different perspective and evidence overlooked by specialists in Egyptology and archaeology. The conclusion: Tut was most likely murdered; the evidence: in Who Killed King Tut?
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