Mortal Evidence: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases

Mortal Evidence: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases

A lifeless newborn baby is found discarded in a motel Dumpster. Authorities quickly arrest the infant's teenage parents, charging them with murder. Did Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, in fact, murder their own baby? Tammy Wynette died suddenly at a relatively young age, and yet no autopsy was performed? Was someone trying to hide the real cause of death? Did Sam Sheppard (later dubbed "The Fugitive" based on a television series) really kill his wife? And if not, who committed the murder?

Things are not always as they appear, as world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht shows in this riveting behind-the-scenes look at nine famous cases. In the nationally known baby case involving Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, Dr. Wecht reviews the evidence and comes to a startling conclusion. In fascinating detail, he demonstrates how the tools of forensic pathology often uncover murky, long-hidden secrets that crack seemingly unsolvable crimes. Writing in the first-person Dr. Wecht leads you into the heart of the investigation, focusing each chapter on a single engrossing drama. He reveals the most startling evidence that shows why JonBenet Ramsey's killer most likely came from within her home, why O.J. Simpson probably had an accomplice in the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, shocking revelations about Robert Berdella's grisly torture and sex-abuse crimes against young men, and many intriguing facts about other infamous cases.

If you find the fictional plots of such dramas as C.S.I. exciting, you will be amazed by the true stories told by Dr. Wecht, with the help of two top-flight veteran reporters, Greg Saitz and Mark Curriden, in this amazing real-life thriller. As this intriguing page-turner proves, the science of forensic pathology has changed the face of detective work forever.

Title:Mortal Evidence: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781591024859
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    Mortal Evidence: The Forensics Behind Nine Shocking Cases Reviews

  • Angus McKeogh

    Maybe better that just okay but not necessarily amazing. It was interesting; the most eye opening cases tended to be at the beginning of the book and were much more traditionally written. Then as the ...

  • Jenny

    Very interesting compilation of forensic cases...

  • Amber

    I've been a fan of Cyril H. Wecht since the 90's when he would sometimes be on that HBO Autopsy show with Dr. Michael Baden. Both of them are stellar at what they do but I feel like Wecht writes bette...

  • Susan

    Good pacing and clearly written. This book is a good way to get introduced to the basic procedures, technologies, and weaknesses in forensic science and some basic medical terms. The author did a good...

  • Cynthia Raleigh

    I enjoyed learning about the forensic aspects of some famous cases, as well as information from trials or depositions that I had not previously heard. While it was very interesting information, I thin...

  • Judy Croome

    A well-documented book on nine high profile and controversial true crimes in the USA. Written in gruesome detail, the style is at times pedantic, but one would imagine this is an essential quality for...

  • Mord McGhee

    Cyril's MORTAL EVIDENCE is a VERY hard read. His use of enormous words and long, flowing thought stream is exactly the way he is in person. I love listening to Dr. Wecht and this book was him through ...

  • Tracy

    Very well written. Explains terminology in layman's terms that make it easier to understand. Several of these cases I've read about in numerous places, but this was interesting because you were hearin...

  • J.M.

    Interesting to see a forensic medical expert's opinion regarding the evidence behind nine "shocking" cases. Includes chapters on Tammy Wynette, JonBenet Ramsey, O.J. Simpson, and some Las Vegas bigsho...

  • innae

    An enjoyable look at nine cases some famous, some that should have been but for whatever reason fell through the cracks. Dr. Wecht has some interesting insight into the O.J. case as well as the Jon Be...