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Anyone can summarize a collection of cases, but not everyone can make them read well. With a flair for compressed narrative worthy of a good short story writer, Colin Evans entertains and instructs the reader with 100 cases that exemplify the use of 15 different forensic techniques (ballistics, fingerprinting). Some (like the Lindbergh case) are famous, others are barely known, yet each has some unique twist that sets it apart. Many "firsts" are included, such as the first murder conviction without a body, the first use of psychological profiling, and the first use of DNA typing. Evans also brings out the distinct (often flamboyant) personalities of the pioneering experts of forensics and some of their more notable courtroom theatrics. Each case is labeled by name of criminal, forensic technique, date, location, and significant feature(s), making this a useful reference as well as a fun book to read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This well-organized compendium by Evans (Killer Doctors in Britain) covers cases from 1751 to 1991, arranged according to the methodology by which they were solved. Fifteen areas are listed alphabetically, ranging from ballistics through DNA typing, fingerprinting, odontology, serology and toxicology to the still-disputed voiceprint analysis. Only a few twice-told tales like the murder of Gay Gibson and Willie Guldensuppe have been included. Otherwise, even the most dedicated devotee of the genre will find much that is new in these brief but exciting accounts of the brilliant and persistent scientific work that brought murderers like John List (through forensic anthropology), Ted Bundy (through odontology) and Jeffrey MacDonald (through trace evidence) to justice. Those still convinced of the innocence of Sacco and Vanzetti or Bruno Richard Hauptmann are in for some surprises. Fifty photos include many of the pathologists and detectives whose exploits are related in the text.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Overall not a bad read. Not a lot of suspense or who dunnit factor. I was especially disappointed with his treatment of the Steven Truscott case. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2007 by factfinder111
The book was somewhat well-written, and parts were certainly enjoyable, but there is nothing that you can find here that you cannot find in greater detail and with more useful... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003 by Harkius
The "case studies" in this book read like a Jr. High essay - they lack substance and information and have nothing to keep the attention of the reader. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002
This books shows Forensics being used, not just the this is how you do it, but here it is in practice. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Amanda Howard
I just recently finished reading this excellent novel about science. I loved this book. If I could reccommend this book to a student in the highschool I would. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2001 by Tom Jacobson
Overall this was a very interesting book, although only a page or two was devoted to each case you still feel as if you got the whole picture. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by DK
As someone who finds forensic science interesting, I found this book to be entertaining. Unfortunately, some of the stories I already knew about from watching forensic science... Read morePublished on July 6 2001 by socalmomof3
This book is a fantastic survey of the use of science and medicine to catch the bad guys and set the innocent free. Read morePublished on June 17 2001 by Amazon Customer
It's an entertaining book, but I don't know how factual it is. The identification of the Romanov remains is not the same story as in "Dead Men Do Tell Tales" and a... Read morePublished on May 5 2001