By Colin Evans
Medical sleuthing and slip-ups within the investigations of fifteen well-known casesRanging from the Turin Shroud and the suspicious dying of Napoleon Bonaparte to the homicide instances of Dr. Sam "The Fugitive" Sheppard and O. J. Simpson, a query of facts takes readers inside of one of the most vexing forensic controversies of all time. In each one case, Colin Evans lays out the conflicting scientific and clinical proof and indicates the way it used to be used or mishandled in achieving a verdict. one of the different instances: the assassination of JFK, the unusual historical past of Alfred Packer (the basically convicted American cannibal), the loss of life of Vatican banker Roberto Calvi, and the rigors of Lindy Chamberlain (the "dingo child" case) and Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald (the case mentioned in deadly Vision). even though the technological know-how of forensics has helped clear up a tremendous variety of crimes, it truly is transparent from a query of facts that many situations are extra open than shut.Colin Evans (Pembroke, united kingdom) is the writer of the preferred Casebook of Forensic Detection (Wiley: 0-471-28369-X) in addition to nice Feuds in background (Wiley: 0-471-38038-5).
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Extra resources for A Question of Evidence: The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies, from Napoleon to O.J.
1 Most level-headed interpretations assumed this to mean that Napoleon was referring figuratively to the war of nerves waged by the hated Hudson Lowe; for a noisy minority, however, there was another, far more sinister interpretation: the emperor’s end had been hastened by the deadly hand of poison. ” An unabashed Napoleon idolater—his house in Göteborg was filled with portraits, busts, and statues of the emperor—Forshufvud adopted the methodology favored by most conspiracists: first start with a conclusion, then work backward, searching for scraps of “evidence” to prop up the hypothesis.
He was caught by one of those unaccountable coincidences that so often characterize crime detection. One of the original prospectors on that illfated trip, a man named Frenchy Carbazon, happened to be drinking in a saloon in Fort Fetterman, Wyoming, when he heard a familiar high-pitched cackle of laughter. A stealthy glance in the reveler’s direction confirmed his suspicion; there was no disguising that runty face. Three days later, on March 14, 1883, John Schwartze was arrested at Wagonhound Creek, some thirty miles from Fort Fetterman, and charged with being the wanted fugitive Alfred Packer.
Middlemiss remembered picking it up from somewhere; he just wasn’t sure where. Needless to say, any possible fingerprint evidence was hopelessly compromised from the outset. In the midst of all this Keystone Kops nonsense, an ambulance at last arrived. While Mrs. Merrett, unconscious and bleeding, was being loaded onto a stretcher and hurried off to the hospital, Middlemiss applied himself to tactful, almost obsequious questioning of the two witnesses. Violent crimes in this fashionable district of Edinburgh were scarcer than January heat waves, and the nervous constable had no wish to tread on any upper-middle-class toes.