By Colin Evans
Medical sleuthing and slip-ups within the investigations of fifteen well-known casesRanging from the Turin Shroud and the suspicious demise of Napoleon Bonaparte to the homicide situations of Dr. Sam "The Fugitive" Sheppard and O. J. Simpson, a question of proof takes readers inside of probably the most vexing forensic controversies of all time. In each one case, Colin Evans lays out the conflicting clinical and clinical facts and indicates the way it was once used or mishandled in attaining a verdict. one of the different circumstances: the assassination of JFK, the unusual background of Alfred Packer (the merely convicted American cannibal), the loss of life of Vatican banker Roberto Calvi, and the pains of Lindy Chamberlain (the "dingo child" case) and Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald (the case stated in deadly Vision). even though the technological know-how of forensics has helped remedy an immense variety of crimes, it 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 historical past (Wiley: 0-471-38038-5).
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And these, according to Corso and Hindmarsh, were conspicuously absent. Where was the constant raindrop pigmentation of the skin, particularly around the armpits, groin, temple, eyes, neck, and nipples, sometimes spreading over the chest and shoulders? Nor was there any sign of hyperkeratosis, a marked thickening of the skin on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Indeed, at the autopsy, Napoleon’s skin was reported as “white and delicate, as were the hands and arms,”9 a far cry from what is normally found in victims of chronic arsenical poisoning.
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A Question of Evidence: The Casebook of Great Forensic Controversies, from Napoleon to O.J. by Colin Evans