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Dr. Henry Lee's forensic files : five famous cases--Scott Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, and more-- /

by Lee, Henry C; Labriola, Jerry.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2006Description: 258 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1591024099 (hardcover : alk. paper) :.Title notes: $26.00 5-2006 (db)Other title: Forensic files.Subject(s): Criminal investigation -- United States -- Case studies | Evidence, Criminal -- United States -- CasesOnline resources: Table of contents
Prologue -- The Scott Peterson case -- The Elizabeth Smart case -- The Michael Peterson case -- The Duntz brothers case -- The Myers/Fontanille case -- Epilogue.
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Dr. Henry C. Lee is considered by many to be the greatest forensic scientist in the world. His vast investigative experience (over 6,000 cases!) and participation in many high-profile trials have earned him not only the highest respect from the law enforcement community but also widespread public recognition. Here Dr. Lee once again gives avid fans of true crime an intimate glimpse into the real world of crime investigation, combining his unparalleled expertise with a clear and lively narrative.<br> <br> <br> Beginning with the infamous Scott Peterson trial, Dr. Lee vividly recounts his investigation of the case, focusing on the crucial issue of physical evidence. As a criminalist who examined the remains of both Laci Peterson and Conner, he brings a distinctive perspective and unique voice to the case. He also weighs in on the verdict.<br> <br> <br> Next, Dr. Lee considers the much-publicized abduction of Elizabeth Smart from her family's Salt Lake City home. After a fruitless ten-month search, Elizabeth was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with Brian Mitchell and his wife, both of whom appeared to be mentally unstable. Dr. Lee--who investigated this compelling case--demonstrates the importance of physical evidence in reconstructing this crime. He also describes the role of brainwashing and outlines distinct similarities with the Patty Hearst case.<br> <br> <br> In the final three chapters, Dr. Lee examines the case of a novelist accused of murdering his wife-who had also been the suspected link to a similar death in Germany--where a woman also fatally fell down a flight of stairs; the murder of a man's wife in which both the husband and her lover are considered suspects (with an outcome that is guaranteed to shock!); and the killing of a witness of an accused arsonist shortly before his trial, with a stunning conclusion that derived from Dr. Lee's intriguing investigative work.<br> <br> <br> In each case, Dr. Lee presents -- in addition to an engrossing narrative -- the scientific details of how law enforcement investigated the crime, using the most recent advances in modern forensic tools. This is a fascinating insider's look by a world-renowned expert into the pursuit of justice in some of the most sensational and intriguing criminal cases of recent times.

$26.00 5-2006 (db)

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-246) and index.

Prologue -- The Scott Peterson case -- The Elizabeth Smart case -- The Michael Peterson case -- The Duntz brothers case -- The Myers/Fontanille case -- Epilogue.

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Lee, the forensic investigator famous from Court TV's Trace Evidence, here revisits five cases on which he consulted, each presenting different challenges for investigators. The Scott Peterson case, covered in the first and longest chapter in the book (which treats one investigation per chapter, going in reverse chronological order from the Peterson murder to one in 1984) shows an intensive investigation that nonetheless resulted in almost no forensic evidence. In the Michael Peterson murder case, Lee offers a radically different conclusion than the police, and with the Duntz brothers' crimes of arson and murder, he shows how forensic evidence can be clear in spite of the suspects' efforts to muddy the waters. For the sensational Myers/Fontanille case, there was almost too much forensic evidence and two suspects with identical stories that needed to be sorted out. The Elizabeth Smart case is the only one without a homicide and with a reasonably happy ending. Despite the efforts of coauthor Labriola (who also coauthored Famous Crimes Revisited with Lee), the accounts are somewhat stiff and technical; this is more a book for CSI wonks than for the general public, though Lee's high profile will draw readers. For academic and large public libraries.-Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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