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Famous Crimes Revisited: From Sacco-Vanzetti to O. J. Simpson

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A look at seven legendary crimes of the 20th century, this book by a foremost forensic scientist releases never-before-disclosed facts and photos that are certain to surprise many readers. The cases covered are Sacco-Vanzetti, the Lindbergh kidnapping, Sam Sheppard, JFK, Vincent Foster, JonBenet Ramsey, and O.J. Simpson.
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Strong Books (first published 2001)
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Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Rachael Herzog
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is an odd one. I read most of it in a single day because I simultaneously couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to be done with it. The forensic dissection of seven famous criminal cases is fascinating but the authors' use of time traveling flashbacks and conversations with a character that literally represents public opinion is hokey and off putting. It would have been infinitely better had Dr. Lee kept to personal reflections directly related to the cases discussed rather than creating a ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This book was pretty insightful. The whole time jumping thing was a new spin on true crime, not quite sure if I liked it though. I found Sam constant kind of annoying lol. Good depth into Sacco Vanzetti and the Simpson cases. The middle section cases were very brief. He's very good at asking the questions detectives should ask and have an answer for to have a solid case. He's very good at planting that seed of doubt. Whether you think they are innocent or guilty if there's reasonable doubt it's ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a very disappointing book. If you want to know about OJ or the Sacco-Vanzetti trials, this book is fine, but all the others are lightly touched upon and non-definitive. The most irritating thing about this book is that Dr. Lee makes up this character named Sam Constant with whom he discusses the cases. Huh? Very distracting! Also, he will be in the middle of a chapter on one case when he suddenly starts referring to a previous case or one that comes further in the book. This book could ...more
Mandy Huot
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
While this book was interesting, I found parts of it hard to believe. While he may actually know all this information, he still wrote it as if he were dissing and discrediting those that took care of the evidence in the first place, when in some cases, it wasn't their fault, due to when the incident actually happened. It is not their fault that DNA testing was not as advanced as it is today. Yet, the way he writes the stories, it makes it sound like it is their fault that it happened back then a ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: true-crime
When I saw the names on the cover, I got excited and was looking forward to some in depth analysis and revelations into these timeless mysteries. Instead, I got a bizarre and surreal split-personality time-traveling trip that ultimately offered NOTHING that I didn't already glean from news programs and TV documentaries. Half the time they didn't even offer an answer! What a waste of time, and such a disappointment!
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a most interesting book. It allows you to sit in on famous cases with Dr. Henry Lee as though you & he are part of the jury. He helps answer the questions a lay person has about some of the most famous murder cases. Although the material is quite complicated, he breaks it down so that a lay person can understand and stay interested at the same time.
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Readers who think they know everything about O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, the Kennedy assassination, the Lindbergh kidnapping, and other headline-making crimes will have to think again as Dr. Henry Lee, one of the world's most ingenious forensic scientists, looks with a fresh eye at the accused, and for the first time, reconsiders the true evidence.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked the way he presented his facts, and the "time-travel" aspect.
Brett Bydairk
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, non-fiction
A famous forensic scientist goes back over the evidence from several famous historical cases and gives his conclusions.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
If you're looking for Dr. Lee's opinion on what might have happened in these famous cases, keep looking. You'll get no answers here. The OJ chapter was pretty interesting, though.
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