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From Crime Scene to Courtroom: Examining the Mysteries Behind Famous Cases Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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-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
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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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dr. Cyril Wecht is an excellent story teller having had the pleasure to here him speak on some of his most interesting cases and comment on others. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Eunice S. Henderson
Mine didn't have the dust jacket so it was just a black book. Had to flip inside to see what it was lol usually there is some sort of cover and or spine text but not this.Published 4 months ago by Katlyn
Not huge fan of Cyril Wecht, he refuses to acknowledge he got it wrong about the Jonbenet case, but this still makes an interesting read.Published 7 months ago by Ronald Michael Lavers
It was a good book I liked the cases that did not have high profilePublished 11 months ago by becki
Excellent if you are into the science of forensics, not for the light reader.Published 11 months ago by ReaderX