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From TV’s CSI to bestsellers by Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs, interest in forensics is at an all-time high. Now one of our most respected forensic pathologists gives a behind-the-scenes look at eleven of his most notorious cases, cracked by scientific analysis and Sherlock Holmesian deduction.

As chief medical examiner of Rockland County, New York, for almost thirty-five years, Dr. Frederick Zugibe literally wrote the book on the subject—his widely used textbook is considered the definitive text. Over the years he has pioneered countless innovations, including the invention of a formula to soften mummified fingers—enabling fingerprinting, and thus identification, of a long-deceased victim. He has appeared as an expert hundreds of times in the media and in the courtroom—and not once has a jury failed to accept his testimony over opposing expert witnesses. And now, in Dissecting Death, he has opened the door to the world of forensic pathology in all its gruesome and fascinating mystery.

Dr. Zugibe takes us through the process all good pathologists follow, using eleven of his most challenging cases. With him, we visit the often grisly—though sometimes shockingly banal—crime scene. We inspect the body, palpate the wounds, search for clues in the hair and skin. We employ ultraviolet light, strange measuring devices, optical instruments. We see how a forensic pathologist determines the hour of death, the type of weapon used, the killer’s escape route. And then we enter the lab, the world of high-tech criminal detection: DNA testing, fingerprinting, gunshot patterns, dental patterns, X-rays.

But not every case ends in a conviction, and in a closing chapter Dr. Zugibe examines some recent high-profile cases in which blunders led to killers going free, either because the wrong party was brought to trial or because the evidence presented didn’t do the trick—including Jon-Benet Ramsey’s murder and, of course, the O.J. Simpson trial.

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Dissecting Death
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Great forensic insight
June 2nd, 2015
This is definitely written by one who knows his stuff. It's fascinating to learn exactly what a medical examiner's responsibilities are when investigating a death at the scene of the crime, but more intriguing to realize how in depth a forensic pathologist must go to find out exactly how the death occurred. I really like the way the author, Dr. Zugibe, revisits two well-known cases and points out errors and inconsistencies in each one. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn, and hopefully those mistakes will not be repeated. As a scientist, the author proves his expertise in this book, but as a Christian, I am not happy with verbally forensic disection of "The Passion Of The Christ." Whether physically possible or not, the Crucifixion of Jesus, needs no scientific explaination. True science does not believe in anything that cannot be proven by human examination, but I and many, many more like me know without proof that everything is not just black and white, cut and dried. The author may or may not believe in what he cannot see, but I felt it disrepectful to try to apply any kind of science to autopsy something that it sacred, whether depicted on a movie screen or in the Bible.
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