A Question of Murder

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Prometheus Books, Sep 18, 2009 - Medical - 347 pages
I was completely fascinated with A Question of Murder and read it far into the wee hours. Cyril Wecht is among a handful of outstanding forensic pathologists - his memory and files are filled with details of infamous death investigations. Now he shares his stories. Dawna Kaufmann co-authors with a style and fluidity that makes the pages fly by. This book is for the intelligent true-crime devotee who searches for the secrets behind the secrets in the most incredible cases of our time. I thought I knew the hidden details, but I found I didn''t. This will become a classic in the genre. Spellbinding.-ANN RULE, the author of The Stranger Beside Me, Too Late to Say Goodbye, and 27 more true-crime booksFantastic forensic detail. Great mystery writing. The reader is pulled right into A Question of Murder.-DR. HENRY C. LEE, Chief Emeritus for Scientific Services for the State of Connecticut; Author of Dr. Henry Lee''s Forensic Files, Cracking Cases, and Cracking More CasesNo one has performed more autopsies in high-profile cases than Dr. Cyril Wecht. During the past four decades, he has dissected more than 16,000 bodies to determine how and why they died. He has testified in hundreds of trials and exhumed dozens of corpses. He''s investigated the deaths of presidents and princes, coal miners and Hollywood stars.From the tragic homicides of Laci Peterson and Nicole Brown Simpson to the mysteries that surround the deaths of JonBenét Ramsey and Natalee Hollaway, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, the New York Times, and scores of other publications constantly call upon Dr. Wecht to provide his expert analysis.In this new book, Dr. Wecht and true-crime journalist Dawna Kaufmann present five fascinating mysteries:?Who or what killed Anna Nicole Smith''s young son, Daniel?Who or what killed Anna Nicole Smith? Was her son''s death associated with her own demise just months later? Dr. Wecht considers whether someone attempted to get one or both of them out of the way.'Who killed twelve-year-old Stephanie Crowe, who was found stabbed to death in the hallway of her home? Dr. Wecht''s acumen helped straighten out a baffling whodunit that had left local law enforcement going down the wrong path.'Should David Westerfield be on death row for the murder of his seven-year-old neighbor, Danielle van Dam? What were the mistakes and victories in that dramatic trial?During the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, did medical professionals at a distinguished New Orleans hospital purposely inject elderly patients with heart-stopping medications? What does the evidence say?The combined expertise of one of the leading forensic pathologists in the world and an accomplished true-crime journalist come together in this riveting page-turner filled with many details about these notable cases available nowhere else.MORE PRAISE FOR A QUESTION OF MURDER:From the morgue as a forensic pathologist to the courtroom as an expert witness, Dr. Cyril Wecht gives the deceased a voice. This thrilling book explains the process he goes through to determine if a death is suspicious and needs to be dealt with by the criminal justice system.-DR. MICHAEL M. BADEN, Former Chief Medical Examiner for New York City; Host of HBO''s series AutopsyAuthoritative and thoughtful commentary on criminal cases of notoriety requires the wisdom and insightfulness of Dr. Cyril Wecht. A Question of Murder, written in collaboration with true-crime journalist Dawna Kaufmann, is another feather in the cap of this famed forensic pathologist.-DR. RICHARD SAFERSTEIN, Chief Forensic Scientist (Retired) for the New Jersey State Police; Author of Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic ScienceCyril H. Wecht, MD, JD (Pittsburgh, PA), one of the world''s leading pathologists, is the author of Tales from the Morgue, Mortal Evidence, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Grave Secrets, Cause of Death, and hundreds of professional publications. He has served as president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
7
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
19
Stephanie Crowe
173
AFTERWORD
311
INDEX
333
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Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD (Pittsburgh, PA), one of the world's leading pathologists, is the author of Tales from the Morgue, Mortal Evidence, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Grave Secrets, Cause of Death, and hundreds of professional publications. He has served as president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has appeared on numerous nationally syndicated television programs, including Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, 20/20, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo At Large, Burden of Proof, and many others.

Dawna Kaufmann (Los Angeles, CA) is an accomplished true crime journalist whose work has been heralded by law enforcement and the media. She's covered hundreds of high-profile homicide and missing person cases for national publications, including the National Enquirer, Star, and Globe, and her writing has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications. In addition, she is an award-winning producer and writer, with a multitude of credits in television, including late-night comedy programming and prime-time network variety series.

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