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A young couple’s marriage is crumbling, but they decide to take one last family trip. She will never return home. A pool of blood suggests she died from injuries caused by an accidental fall from a ...
A young couple’s marriage is crumbling, but they decide to take one last family trip. She will never return home. A pool of blood suggests she died from injuries caused by an accidental fall from a boat dock. So how did she wind up face down in the lake?
For more than two decades, Dr. Stephen D. Cohle has been solving vexing forensic mysteries as the medical examiner for Kent County, Michigan. As a whole, the cases he considers represent a cross-section of crime in mid-America, often committed by a macabre cast of characters: "Jekyll and Hyde" alcoholics who turned homicidal; killers who resorted to the most bizarre methods in concealing their crimes; and the rarest species in the zoo of criminology, a two-woman team of serial killers.
Based on his work with Dr. Cohle, true-crime writer Tobin T. Buhk recounts twenty-one riveting, real-life stories, each with a unique forensic twist. Offering a glimpse into the strange sights, sounds, and smells of the county morgue, these tales of intrigue, deception, and murder will fascinate true-crime buffs, fans of CSI, and readers of mystery and detective stories.
Note on the Text 7
Introduction: "Moonlighting" 9
Identity Crisis 33
"The Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" 36
No Tombstone for "Jack": An Untitled Story in Five Acts 56
M-U-R-D-E-R? (Till Death Do Us Part) 97
I Fought the Law and the Law Won 119
The Right to Bear Arms 123
Rebel Yell 138
"Hey, You, Get Off of My Cloud!" (Over the Rainbow) 150
Malice Domestic 169
"It's Not a Weapon; It's a Tea Mug!" 178
A Slap in the Face 184
Punch Drunk 188
Ghosts of Arcadia 194
By Reason of Insanity? 209
"I Did It, but I Didn't Do It" 211
Loved Him to Death 220
Head Case 245
Burying the Evidence 263
Sex, Lies, and Cement (and Counterfeiting): Caveat Emptor 265
The Hand That Feeds 286
"I Shot the Drug Dealers, but I Swear It Was in Self-Defense" 302
Who Murdered the Ice Woman? 318
Big Cats 343
Things Ain't Always What They Seem 359
Conclusion: "Double Trouble" 369
Posted January 1, 2009
My uncle gave me this book because I have been to numerous autopsies and have had internships with various county forensics crews in SW Michigan. I was excited to read the book at first, but quickly became frustrated with the author's writing style. Each case appeared to be written as a stand alone section with only a little thought given to the fact that it would be part of a book. A lot of the terminology was repetitive; if he explained it once, he explained it three times. I think the thing that was most annoying was his repetition of the buzz words "macabre" and "red herring." A little variety would have been nice. I also felt related cases were stuck in just because he could or to show that "hey, I did research-here it is!" It broke up the flow of the reading and at times became confusing switching between the real case and the "bonus" cases. <BR/><BR/>The cases themselves were interesting. Especially for anyone that is familiar with Michigan. One incident actually took place less than a mile from my mom's house. The chapter entitled "Things ain't always what they seem" was great. It was quick, to the point and didn't stray from the case at hand. The addition of the color photo section in the middle was also a nice touch. <BR/><BR/>There are many good qualities about the book, but the writing style and use of the buzz words is the reason I'm only giving it 3 stars. If the flow had been better with less reptition, I would have scored it higher.
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Posted September 30, 2010
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