By: ROSE, Andrew
Sir Bernard Spilsbury was an early-twentieth-century British forensic pathologist who gained fame by testifying in classic murder cases, beginning in 1910 with the Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen trial. His expert court testimony--he identified Crippen's victim by detailed microscopic study of a scar--convinced the lay jury of Crippen's guilt. Considered the father of modern forensic pathology, Spilsbury became well known after he provided crucial prosecutorial evidence in the Brides in the Bath case (where a nurse nearly drowned in a laboratory experiment designed to prove his theories), the Blazing Car and Brighton Trunk murders, and the Hay-on-Wye arsenic poisoning trial. Knighted in 1923, Spilsbury performed 20,000 postmortem examinations and became the first and only "Honorary Pathologist to the Home Office." Controversial and dramatic, Lethal Witness charts Spilsbury's rise and fall as a media star, revealing how he put spin on the facts, embellished evidence, and played games with the truth. In some notorious cases, his "positive evidence" led to the conviction and execution of men innocent of murder--gross miscarriages of justice that now demand official pardons. Andrew Rose examines Spilsbury's carefully nurtured image, dogmatic manner, and unbending belief in his own infallibility and exposes the fallacies of the man dubbed "the most brilliant scientific detective of all time." True crime fans, students of forensics, and law enforcement professionals will enjoy this biography of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, the man who helped raise forensic science to an art.
Title: Lethal Witness: Sir Bernard Spilsbury, Honorary Pathologist (True Crime History)
Edition: First Trade Paper Printing of 1907
Publisher: Kent, OH, The Kent State University Press: 2009
ISBN Number: 1606350196
ISBN Number 13: 9781606350195
Binding: Card Wrappers
Book Condition: As New
Type: Trade Paperback
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Seller ID: 27472
Description: Considered the father of modern forensic pathology, Sir Bernard Spilsbury became well known after he provided crucial prosecutorial evidence in the Brides in the Bath case. This book charts Spilsbury's rise and fall as a media star, revealing how he put spin on the facts, embellished evidence, and played games with the truth. 'True crime history series'. xxi, 296pp, photo illustrated. An absolutely 'as new' copy - bright, fresh and unmarked. Tight, square binding, no spine creasing. Appears never fully opened or read. Unpacked weight, 556g. We ship Worldwide, at cost, using both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges without overcharging. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Online estimates may not be correct and additional postage may be required for Canadian and Overseas shipments, but not usually to the USA.
Keywords: BERNARD SPILSBURY FORENSIC PATHOLOGISTS MEDICAL EXAMINERS BRITAIN