Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers

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Simon & Schuster, 2001 - Medical - 288 pages
In a forty-year career Michael Baden has conducted more than 20,000 autopsies. Considered one of the world's leading forensic pathologists, he was New York City medical examiner from 1960 to 1985 and is now co-director of the New York State Police Medicolegal Investigation Unit. The host of the popular program Autopsy on HBO, Dr. Baden brings riveting stories and expert analysis to Dead Reckoning.

The authors go to the crime scene, take readers to the autopsy table in the morgue and practically place the scalpel in the reader's hand to show how advances in forensic science are solving crimes as never before. They visit cases both famous and ordinary to explain why the first hour at a crime scene is crucial. They reveal for the first time how a key clue to the killer of Nicole Brown Simpson was lost during the transportation of her body to the morgue. In another case, they show how something as obscure as the imprint of a button on a dead man's skin was overlooked until months later when, while reviewing the crime-scene photos, Dr. Baden saw it, causing the case to take an astonishing turn.

Baden and Roach invite readers to be present at the analysis of soil, plant matter, insects, blood spatters, bone, teeth, hair, weather, and other crime-scene evidence to witness how the startling accuracy of science can improve the chances of a just verdict.

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I have been interested in forensic science, particularly forensic pathology, since I was in about 7th grade (early '60s). I am endlessly fascinated with this subject. So I had high hopes for this book ... Read full review

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Good for someone new to the subject of forensic science, but a little too basic for me. Also, some of the writing was a bit self-aggrandizing... ~Stephanie Read full review



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Michael Baden, M.D., is a visiting professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Albany Medical Center, and New York Law School, and has also lectured extensively to law enforcement agencies. He lives in New York City.

Marion Roach's work has appeared in numerous magazines. A regular commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered", she lives in Troy, New York.

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