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Tales from the Morgue: Forensic Answers to Nine Famous Cases Including The Scott Peterson & Chandra Levy Cases
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5.0 out of 5 stars.  DR. WECHT IS ALWAYS AN INTERESTING READ, March 26, 2015
By RICHARD P. DIMARE
A SUPER BOOK

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1.0 out of 5 stars.  Pompous, January 10, 2014
By Jamie (Richmond, Va.)
Once I saw that this guy had been brought in by the defense for the first story, I figured how it would go. This book was clearly written by a braggart with an inflated sense of self-worth. Then to have Tanenbaum, an author who has been known to probably put his name on books NOT written by him, I regret spending .25 on it at a library sale.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  This Book is Fantastic!, January 03, 2013
By Austin
I loved reading this book from the minute I opened it.. If you love TV shows such as Law & Order.. CSI etc. This is for you Cold Case Files at their best, he provides details to their extremity and leaves you begging for more information upon the case every time you flip the page. I am NOT dissapointed in this book what-so-ever. Haha; the only time I can stop reading so far is to go to sleep!

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Tales from the Morgue, May 12, 2007
By ginger
Written so the layman can understand it. Very good reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  I felt as if I was present during this FAMOUS AUTOPSYS!!, April 10, 2007
By Hilary J. Jacobson
This book is awesome! Great detail of each autopsy. Marlilyn Monroe, & JFK autopsy details are amazing! Easy read, you never want to put this book down!

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3.0 out of 5 stars.  Analyze This, May 24, 2006
By R. Schultz
This book is not particularly well-written. It's somewhat cobbled-together, a Frankenstein creation of mismatched parts.

And here and there the reasoning doesn't seem sound. For example, Dr. Wecht's summary feeling that Scott Peterson was unfairly convicted of killing his wife and unborn son isn't sensible. He is basing his objection on the fact that all the evidence against Peterson was circumstantial. Well, but given the weight of that evidence...

Then in his chapter on the accidental shooting committed by Johnny Gammage, basketball player, Wecht quotes the forensic testimony he gave on the stand. This testimony is garbled and contradictory. Wecht couldn't have been of much help to the attorneys for whom he was testifying.

Again, in his analysis of the 1985 crash of the military plane Arrow Jet 950 in Newfoundland, Wecht seems to overlook a key possibility. He takes issue with the official conclusion that the crash occurred because of inadequate plane de-icing, and that the fire that engulfed the plane only occurred after impact. Wecht thinks the condition of the dead passengers and crew belie this conclusion, because he found smoke in some of the victims' lungs. Wecht's own theory is that it's likelier some sort of explosion (possibly even a terrorist bomb) rocked the plane in mid-air, causing an in-flight fire. But finding smoke in victims' lungs could also mean that some of the passengers survived a few moments after the crash and inhaled smoke from the fire that did in fact occur only after impact - couldn't it?

Some better chapters follow, but by this time I was growing leery of Wecht's interpretations. So even though he presents an interesting, concise account of the Kennedy assassination, I don't quite trust his dissenting conclusion about it, especially since the majority of his peers reviewing recently released material come to opposite conclusions. However his theory sounds correct.

Similarly his chapter on Marilyn Monroe's death sounds as if it could be the final word on the subject. His unsensational theory about her cause of death should quash all the lurid, teasing TV speculations that periodically get aired. But even here, Wecht undermines an otherwise good analysis. He sees fit to gratuitously interject the fact that Marilyn Monroe wasn't his "type," that he prefers "cool brunettes." Informing us of his taste in woman while he contemplates Monroe's stomach and colon contents, makes him sound like the ultimate jerk. He perpetrates one final indignity on Monroe.

But there is value in reading about these different cases on which Wecht says he consulted. You'll get summaries of the facts of each case. And you will learn how much of forensics is art rather than science. You'll come to better distinguish the dramatized certitudes of the CSI series from real life, where there are often as many different opinions about the cause of a crime as there are forensic scientists working on the case.

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