Foreword by Geraldo Rivera
"Cyril Wecht, beyond any and all doubt, is the most Promethean intellect in both the political and medical legal forensic fields. His extraordinary insights and diversity of expertise present the reader in his latest page-turner with an an incredibly well-documented and thrilling read."
—Robert K. Tanenbaum, author of Outrage, his 25th book
If you think the media has told you everything there is to know about Michael Jackson and Caylee Anthony, think again!
In this engrossing, almost cinematic page-turner, famed forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht and veteran true-crime journalist Dawna Kaufmann team up to offer never-before-published information on the mysterious deaths of Michael Jackson and Caylee Anthony, plus six other ripped-from-the-headlines criminal cases. Based on their long investigative experience, these two insiders offer revealing insights into the following high-profile cases:
Michael Jackson—The authors provide never-disclosed data on the three autopsies of Jackson's body, and they deconstruct when and why the singer became addicted including his truly bizarre medico-legal background.
Casey Anthony— The authors raise issues concerning the accuracy of air sampling, post-mortem hair banding, chloroform, duct tape identification, computer clues, deep family secrets, and more.
Drew Peterson— Heroic Illinois SWAT team cop or wife killer? This chapter brings all of the compelling facts to the fore, including the autopsy results of spouse-number-three Kathleen, her outreach to others while still alive, Drew's cell phone activity, and how a savvy police officer might have used his training to taint the investigation.
Rolling Stone Brian Jones—The investigators reconsider the case to determine whether the rock musician’s death was really an accident or something more sinister.
In addition, Wecht and Kaufmann examine the rape-murder of twelve-year-old Gabrielle Bechen, whose brutal death changed her community; Col. Philip Shue, whose demise was a battle of suicide versus homicide until Wecht solved the case; and Carol Ann Gotbaum (How did this wealthy, beautiful young mother die in police custody?).
From crime scene to morgue to courtroom, and finally the court of public opinion, this riveting narrative is a must for true-crime readers.
Pages: 315 (photos)
Shipping Weight: 2lbs
Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD (Pittsburgh, PA), one of the world's leading pathologists, is the author of Tales from the Morgue, Mortal Evidence, Who Killed JonBenét Ramsey?, Grave Secrets, Cause of Death, and hundreds of professional publications. He has served as president of both the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and has appeared on numerous nationally syndicated television programs, including Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, 20/20, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, Geraldo At Large, Burden of Proof, and many others.
Dawna Kaufmann (Los Angeles, CA) is an accomplished true crime journalist whose work has been heralded by law enforcement and the media. She’s covered hundreds of high-profile homicide and missing person cases for national publications, including the National Enquirer, Star, and Globe, and her writing has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, and countless other publications. In addition, she is an award-winning producer and writer, with a multitude of credits in television, including late-night comedy programming and prime-time network variety series.