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From Crime Scene to Courtroom: Examining the Mysteries Behind Famous Cases

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From crime scene to morgue to courtroom, and finally the court of public opinion, this riveting narrative is essential reading for true-crime enthusiasts.
If you think the media has told you everything there is to know about Michael Jackson and Casey Anthony, think again! This engrossing, almost cinematic page-turner, offers never-before-published information on the mysteri
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tom Schulte
even with help from a supposed author, Wecht cannot produce a book that is not dry like a textbook or coroner's report. The cases that are fascinating are so despite the telling. This includes USAF colonel Shue which includes an apparent error early in the career of TV's Dr. G, Gabrielle Miranda BechenZ, and "terminal tragedy" Carol Anne Gotbaum. There are interesting details on the autopsy interpretation done by Wecht on Michael Jackson, Brian Jones, and in the Case of Casey Anthony and serial ...more
Really fascinating cases, by someone who actually was involved in the cases. Not so good if you are squeamish however.
I usually like crime investigation type books. I like hearing about the investigation, the forensics, the million little ways criminals give themselves away, but this one..meh.

Each case was just a rehash of everything you could have seen on an episode of Dateline. I've read a similar book by Dr. Henry Lee and it was much better than this one which was written by Dr. Cyril Wecht who didn't break any new ground, didn't even really offer his interpretation of the evidence.

This was soooo disappointing. One of my favorite genres is true crime. This well respected pathologist has sunk low with this one. He and his co-author have done little more than re-hash and re-write already over-reported new stories and all in the name of making money. Shame on them.
Pretty interesting book. Some cases I had heard about and some I had not. The author is a forensic psychologist and gives the background and his opinion on the cases of Casey Anthony, Drew Petersen, Michael Jackson, Colonel Philip Shue, Gabrielle Bechen, Carol Anne Gotbaum, and Brian Jones.
The writing was good but all this book did was provide summaries of the different cases. Wecht provided very little as far as an opinion or analysis based on his expertise and that was disappointing.
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