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Dr. Henry Lee's Forensic Files : Five Famous Cases : Scott Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, and More... (06 Edition)by Henry C. Lee
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Famed criminologist Dr. Lee explains the forensic evidence in five intriguing cases, including one in which his reconstruction of the crime scene was key to solving a murder, and one where he believes an innocent man has gone to prison.
"Legendary forensic scientist Lee continues to build his popular bibliography with his latest collaboration with medical doctor Labriola, but those seeking revelations about the two notorious cases cited in the subtitle will be disappointed. The investigation of Scott Peterson's case takes up almost half of the book, but in the end, Lee was not even called as a witness for the defense. While he disagrees with the guilty verdict, Lee does an insufficient job of rebutting the prosecution's circumstantial evidence, focusing instead on the absence of a forensic smoking gun. Similarly, the section on the Elizabeth Smart abduction offers little that's new. Lee might have been better served by focusing on the lesser-known trio of cases that make up the rest of the book and giving more detail to the role of forensics in solving those crimes. For example, the defense in the little-known Michael Peterson case, which supposedly involved a fatal staircase fall, benefited from Lee's expertise in blood splatter analysis. And the case that closes the book, involving a plot worthy of fiction — two suspects accusing each other of the murder of the wife of one of them — challenged Lee's skills to reconstruct who was actually guilty. Color and b&w illus." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
From the more than 6,000 cases he has investigated, Lee chooses five of the most famous, including the murder of Laci Peterson and the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Lee and co-author Labriola, who is a pediatrician, novelist and state senator, describe the crimes, the trials, the verdicts, and, most importantly, the scientific details of the investigations. The text includes photographs of some of the victims, perpetrators and evidence.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Book News Annotation:
From the more than 6,000 cases he has investigated, Lee chooses five of the most famous, including the murder of Laci Peterson and the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Lee and co-author Labriola, who is a pediatrician, novelist and state senator, describe the crimes, the trials, the verdicts, and, most importantly, the scientific details of the investigations. The text includes photographs of some of the victims, perpetrators and evidence. Annotation Â©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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 The Budapest Connection and (with Thomas W. ONeil) Cracking Cases and Cracking More Cases, 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.
Jerry Labriola, M.D. (Naugatuck, CT), is the coauthor with Dr. Lee of Famous Crimes Revisited and is the author of five mystery novels, including the recently released The Maltese Murders and the critically acclaimed Murders at Hollings General. A pediatrician for over thirty years and also a Connecticut state senator, he now lectures extensively on true crime and forensic science issues, while writing both fiction and nonfiction.
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