It's like solving a puzzle, a grizzly one, but the process and scientific means of discovery amazed me. A few years later, as I had become more aware of the world, I could see where this was a show created by people who m When I was a child, my mother often had Quincy on in the background, a show about a forensic examiner.
A few years later, as I had become more aware of the world, I could see where this was a show created by people who may be able to write but knew little of actual science, so I moved on preferring non-fictionalized accounts of forensic pathology.
More than a decade later I repaid my mom by introducing her to Autopsy Confessions. While still sensational, that show had a good grounding in the pathology of the cases discussed. Forensics still appeals to me in a wide variety of fields, so I expected this book to satisfy my scientific itch.
Alas, this would not be so. First off, the Anna Nichole and David Nichole story took up half the book. Not at all balanced, much like the woman herself. Worst, most of this felt like the novelization of an E! True Hollywood Story. I didn't learn much about the pathology behind the deaths of these two people as great chunks were spent of her bio and the court cases surround her daughter's inheritance.
You can save some time and read the wikipedia page instead. Because half the book was a B-star celebrity bio, I can't in good conscience recommend this to anyone. The second half of the book is better as it's less about capitalizing on celebrity and more about actual cases. Still, it reads like a true crime novel rather than an examination of forensic medicine, but at least it's focused on the crimes that happen. If you want science presented in an interesting way, Mary Roach is your writer. The cases may be compelling, but the book is not. Sep 23, Laren rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , true-crime.
Famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht teams with a co-author to tell the true stories of the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith, her son Daniel Smith, Danielle Van Dam, Stphanie Crowe and the hospital in New Orleans where the staff was accused of euthanizing patients without their consent in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The latter story really does well describing the hellish conditions at the hospital, and breaking down the rather complicated case.
But they come across as a bit starstruck in t Famed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht teams with a co-author to tell the true stories of the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith, her son Daniel Smith, Danielle Van Dam, Stphanie Crowe and the hospital in New Orleans where the staff was accused of euthanizing patients without their consent in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But they come across as a bit starstruck in the Smiths' stories, and they are oddly sympathetic towards Howard K. Stern, which is even more unsettling given the recent indictment against him in Anna Nicole's case post-publication to be fair.
The other two stories are solid, but lack any controversy which would have made Wecht's telling of any particular interest. In each story, it is clear which side the authors are on regardless of the actual outcome of the story.
I found it strange that the co-author only makes appearances in the third person throughout the book. It's a solid true-crime collection, but lacks anything making it stand out over other collections other than the author's personal involvement. Sep 29, Samantha rated it really liked it. Medical examiner Cyril H. Although the initial chapters regarding Smith and her son do dip into sensationalism a little, by and large the book is written with compassion and even-handedness, offering fairly unbiased insight into cases most of us only know from what we've seen on the ne Medical examiner Cyril H.
Although the initial chapters regarding Smith and her son do dip into sensationalism a little, by and large the book is written with compassion and even-handedness, offering fairly unbiased insight into cases most of us only know from what we've seen on the news. A pretty good read, overall.
Mar 08, Mary MacKintosh rated it it was ok. I don't think I will finish it. I thought it would be interesting to read about cases from the pov of a real forensic pathologist, but he led off with the cases of Anna Nicole Smith and her son, and as sad as their deaths were, their lives were even sadder. These two cases lead off the book and take up at least half of its content. Because the following cases are child murders, I think I am done reading. The author, Dr. Wecht, is courtly and kind about the people he slices open, and the people w I don't think I will finish it. Wecht, is courtly and kind about the people he slices open, and the people who surround them.
Dec 21, Vince Gotera rated it liked it. Nonetheless, "compelling" from a technical point of view, with regard to the nuts-and-bolts work of a forensic pathologist. Jul 16, Larry rated it liked it. I wanted something different from this book. Aug 13, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: crime , non-fiction.
I couldn't get into this book as much as his other ones. Most of it talks about Anna Nicole and her son's death. AND- I am over that whole thing. Mar 09, Julie added it. Question of Murder by Cyril H. Wecht no date. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Cyril H. Cyril H. Books by Cyril H. Officers attended and the man, since named as Michael Dale, 46, from Haslingden, was found with a stab wound to his chest.
He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Two men aged 30 and a year-old man, all from Haslingden, have been released under investigation pending further enquiries. A year-old man and a year-old woman, also from Haslingden, have been released no further action.
Detectives arrested a year-old man, of no fixed address, on suspicion of murder on Saturday May 4. Officers have been granted an extended period to question him. My thoughts remain with Mr Dale and his family at this sad and very difficult time. They are being supported by specially trained officers.
We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw anything unusual or anyone acting suspiciously, in the Charles Lane area, in the early hours of Thursday morning.