By Colin Evans
Clinical sleuthing and slip-ups within the investigations of fifteen well-known cases
starting from the Turin Shroud and the suspicious dying of Napoleon Bonaparte to the homicide situations of Dr. Sam "The Fugitive" Sheppard and O. J. Simpson, a query of proof takes readers within the most vexing forensic controversies of all time. In each one case, Colin Evans lays out the conflicting clinical and clinical proof and indicates the way it was once used or mishandled in attaining a verdict. one of the different situations: the assassination of JFK, the unusual historical past of Alfred Packer (the in simple terms convicted American cannibal), the dying of Vatican banker Roberto Calvi, and the pains 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 remedy an enormous variety of crimes, it truly is transparent from a question of proof 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 heritage (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.
This wasn’t some wild-eyed polemic cobbled together to make a quick buck; this was a closely reasoned argument that Napoleon had, indeed, been murdered, backed up with what appeared to be solid scientific evidence. Furthermore, because the team had been able to locate and test another hair dating from early 1815, and this, too, showed abnormal levels of arsenic, the conclusion was ineluctable: someone had been trying to poison Napoleon long before he fell into the hands of the British. In 1974 Forshufvud joined forces with Ben Weider, a like-minded Canadian multimillionaire who’d made his fortune in the physical fitness industry, and together they set about spreading their revisionist gospel.
Also, in 1821 toxicological detection was still in its infancy. ” A significant refinement to this technique came in 1806, when Dr. Valentine Rose of the Berlin Medical Faculty designed a test that, for the first time, permitted the detection of arsenic in the human body. Although rudimentary and unable to detect minute quantities of arsenic, Rose’s test was considered state of the art at the time of Napoleon’s death, and the reason it wasn’t employed was because no one attending the Napoleon Bonaparte (1821) 29 autopsy had any shred of evidence to suspect that Napoleon had been poisoned.
This only left Shannon Wilson Bell, a demonic red-haired prospector, and Packer. Tension levels between them escalated daily until, so Packer claimed, Bell snapped and flew at him in a homicidal rage. To defend himself, Packer had grabbed a gun and shot his demented partner, then set about butchering the body for food. Packer concluded his confession with an admission that he had pocketed his fellow travelers’ money. Adams thought hard. Every God-fearing instinct in his body told him that Packer must be guilty of something.