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Cracking Cases: The Science of Solving Crimes


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Truly a legend in his own time, Dr. Henry C. Lee is considered by many to be the greatest forensic scientist in the world. He gained widespread public recognition through his testimony in the televised O. J. Simpson trial. Since that time he has helped with the Jon Benet Ramsey case and the investigations of mass murder in Croatia.

This book will take the reader through the entire investigative process of five murder cases, with Dr. Lee as the tour guide. The cases include:

the O. J. Simpson case, in which Dr. Lee's analysis of the blood evidence at the crime scene revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had missed several blood drops on the back of Nicole Simpson, a footprint belonging to a second possible assailant, and the physical improbability of Mr. Simpson's climbing a fence to return to his home.

the "woodchipper murder," in which an Eastern Airlines pilot murdered his wife and then put her body through a woodchipper in an attempt to dispose of the remains.

the Mathison murder, in which a veteran Hawaiian police sergeant claimed to have accidentally run over his wife after she fled the family van during a dispute.

the Ed Sherman murder, in which a college English professor attempted to disguise the time of his wife's death by turning up the air conditioning unit in their house and then using the alibi that he was away from the home sailing on the day the crime allegedly took place.

the McArthur murder, in which a police sergeant shot and killed his wife, but then tried to make it appear that she had accidentally killed herself.

In each case, Dr. Lee presents in scientific detail how he investigated the murders, analyzed the evidence, and used techniques that played a critical role in bringing criminals to justice. He discusses how the criminalist examines blood spatter evidence and uses blood identification, DNA analysis, and other forensic technologies developed in the world's best laboratories. This is a fascinating insider's look by a world-renowned expert into the pursuit of justice in some of the most grisly criminal cases of recent times.

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Lee (a forensic scientist and former Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut) describes the investigative process in five murder cases, including the O.J. Simpson case. The cases involve blood splatters, an attempt to dispose of a body using a woodchipper, a murder disguised as a vehicular accident, an attempt to hide the time of death, and a faked suicide. Lee describes the science behind his detective work, explaining how he analyzed the evidence and outlining the techniques of forensic science.
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This engrossing book takes readers through the entire investigative process of five murder cases, with Dr. Lee as the gruesome tour guide. The cases include the O.J. Simpson case and the death of an Eastern Airlines pilot. Illustrations.

About the Author

Dr. Henry C. Lee (Branford, CT), professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven and chief emeritus in the Department of Public Safety in Meriden, CT, is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is the author (with Jerry Labriola, M.D.) of Dr. Henry Lees Forensic Files and the novel, The Budapest Connection, as well as Cracking More Cases (with Thomas W. ONeil), among other works. Dr. Lee was formerly on Court TVs Trace Evidence (now TruTV). He has also been a special news analyst on TruTV and a frequent guest on Larry King Live, Fox TV shows, and numerous other national television programs.

Thomas W. O'Neil (Guilford, CT) is a professional writer and instructor of journalism at Gateway Community College.

Product Details

The Science of Solving Crimes
O'Neil, Thomas W.
O'Neil, Thomas W.
Gill, Charles D.
Lee, Henry C.
O'Neil, Thomas W.
Gill, Charles D.
Prometheus Books
Amherst, N.Y.
Forensic Science
Forensic sciences
Criminal investigation
Murder - General
Crime - True Crime
Series Volume:
no. 295
Publication Date:
9.52x6.18x.91 in. 1.32 lbs.

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