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Grave Secrets: Leading Forensic Expert Reveals Startling Truth abt O J Simpson Vincent Foster D
     

Grave Secrets: Leading Forensic Expert Reveals Startling Truth abt O J Simpson Vincent Foster D

by Cyril H. Wecht, Benjamin Wecht, Mark Curriden
 
Widely recognized as one of the country's greatest forensic authorities, Dr. Cyril Wecht has been called into the most sensational cases of the day. Long experienced at making the intricacies of scientific investigation accessible to lay audiences, Dr. Wecht writes with a clarity and excitement that will fascinate readers and provide proof of the power of forensics to

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Widely recognized as one of the country's greatest forensic authorities, Dr. Cyril Wecht has been called into the most sensational cases of the day. Long experienced at making the intricacies of scientific investigation accessible to lay audiences, Dr. Wecht writes with a clarity and excitement that will fascinate readers and provide proof of the power of forensics to reveal the truth. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The subtitle is an unfortunate bit of hype, since Wecht (Cause of Death), Pittsburgh forensic pathologist, reveals no "startling truth" of the three cases mentioned. The non-self-aggrandizing scientist is uncertain about the rightness of the Simpson verdict, although not about the bungling of the "Keystone coroners" who handled the evidence; he laments the government's action in the Koresh confrontation at Waco; he leaves no doubt that White House counsel Foster's death was a suicide, as reported. But Wecht's book becomes absorbing when he turns to older or less publicized cases and shows that the shooting of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in 1969 was murder by the police, that the leisurely rescue attempts by Bay Area authorities after the 1989 earthquake caused at least four needless deaths and that the swine flu "epidemic" of 1976-1977 was a costly hype. The author's picture of the ineptitude of many local officials, especially in forensics, is chilling. Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Pathologist Wecht, author of Cause of Death (Dutton, 1993), relates 14 cases involving forensic detection. Ignore the hyperbole of the tag line: "A leading forensic expert reveals the startling truth about O.J. Simpson, David Koresh, Vincent Foster, and other sensational cases." There is nothing very startling in Wecht's discussion of Vincent Foster and David Koresh, and, in the book's longest section, he is uncharacteristically circumspect about O.J. Simpson. His less recent investigations, including the murder of Black Panther Fred Hampton, the 1989 earthquake-caused Oakland, California, freeway collapse, and the Legionnaire's Disease case of 1976 and his sojourns to Taiwan, Pakistan, and Singapore, are more intriguing. A common theme in his book is the misdiagnosis or injustice caused by forensic incompetence, overzealousness, or corruption. Popular forensic accounts seem to be in vogue (Colin Evan's The Casebook of Forensic Detection is coming in October from John Wiley) and Grave Secrets is a suitable addition where interest warrants. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/96.]Gregor A. Preston, formerly with Univ. of California Lib., Davis

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ISBN-13:
9780525939740
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.05(d)

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