It's True! Crime Doesn't Pay (1)

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Allen & Unwin, May 1, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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Psst! It's true! This is the best book on CRIME you'll ever read!

Did you know that maggots can help solve crimes? That right-handed criminals run away to the left when they leave a crime scene? That the people who are best at detecting lies are not police but mothers?

Once you had to catch a crook red-handed to prove him guilty. Now we can use the pattern of a bloodstain, fingerprints, computers and DNA samples to solve crimes. Even so, mysteries remain, like the Shark Arm murder and the strange case of D.B. Cooper, who jumped out of a plane with $200 000 and was never seen again .

Astound your friends with gory fact and stories of true crime.

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Page 2 - If a son strike his father, his hands shall be hewn off. 196. If a man put out the eye of another man, his eye shall be put out.
Page 26 - starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. It may well be that several explanations remain, in which case one tries test after test until one or other of them has a convincing amount of support.
Page 43 - The theory that anyone, or anything, entering a crime scene both takes something of the scene with them, and leaves something of themselves behind when they leave.
Page 21 - England. When he was only twelve years old, his father was sent to prison for debt. Charles had to leave school and go to work in a factory to support his family.
Page 21 - It is a bit like toothache really: many sufferers put off going to the dentist until the pain is unbearable. Regular checkups and the occasional filling would have saved a lot of grief. Mr Micawber was drawn from life. Mr Dickens senior was imprisoned for debt and 12-year-old Charles had to leave school and go to work in a factory. There was, however, a happy ending to this sad tale: the family fortunes improved. Charles completed his education and became a great novelist.
Page 5 - If a woman was suspected of being a witch she would be tied up in a sack and thrown into a pond.

About the author (2004)

Beverley MacDonald firmly believes that truth can be stranger than fiction. She likes to listen to other peoples' conversations because real people's lives are the most interesting stories of all. When she is not writing innovative non-fiction books for kids, Beverley spends most of her time trying to keep order in a chaotic and noisy household.

Andrew Weldon's quirky sense of humour and skillful sketches have established him as a popular and widely published cartoonist. His work appears in newspapers all over the country, and he has illustrated several books. Andrew has no pets, allergies or prominent birthmarks and his favourite colour is purple.

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