Forensic science is booming. TV dramas, books, and movies have made morgues cool. Complex technology and intricate research can take curdled blood, bone shards, and flakes of skin and turn them into justice. And Vincent Di Maio, MD, son of a famous New York City medical examiner, is one of the lions of forensic science in his own right. In this clear, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Di Maio himself guides us into the inner sanctum, through the cases that have made him famous, from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and the racially charged shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to the unmasking of a serial baby killer and the mysterious death of troubled genius Vincent van Gogh. Along the way, one of the country's most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologists will dissect himself, maintaining a nearly continuous flow of suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes, and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.
©2016 Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell; Foreword: 2016 Dr. Jan Garavaglia (P)2016 Recorded Books
I would have listened to this for the Memphis 3 chapter alone. I'm glad the 'teenagers' have been released but saddened that the killer of the three boys hasn't been found.
This book about the life and times of a medical examiner contains all that one would expect from such a manuscript: tales of autopsy, murder, suicide, and courtroom testimony. It also contains some special examination of a few famous suspicious death, murder, and potential suicide cases. All of the material is presented thoughtfully but with an honesty that helps paint a frank picture for the reader of what the author is describing be it a sight, smell, or emotion.
No, the narrator had a bad habit of leaving off S's on the end of a sentence or phrase. The story was wonderful, but once I noticed that he left off the S or similar sound, I found it hard to listen to.
He has a bad habit of leaving off the s or s sound at the end of sentences or phrases.
Expect something a bit different than what you think this book will be about. A lot of back story to each case, sometimes too much, and for the length they probably could've covered more cases.
The narrator was fine but there were a handful of instances where it was extremely obvious that they had forgotten something in the book and decided to go back and splice in certain words or parts that just takes you out of the book. At times it even sounded like a different person.
I was 50/50 on this book. From the summary I was expecting to just hear/learn about what happened in the morgue involving some of his cases throughout the years. Instead I found myself sitting through times where I felt what he was talking about was not relevant to the subject at hand. Too in depth on details that didn't matter and not enough attention to some things that would've been much more interesting given the title of this book.
So interesting. Difficult to put down. With Vincent Di Mali lifetime experience I would love it if he wrote another book. I'm positive that he has many more stories to tell.
Very educational and fascinating!! I always wanted to be a forensic pathologist but couldn't do the intensive science and math so I became a forensic psychologist instead. Love this book!!! Learned a lot about autopsies and misperceptions as well as what it truly means to be an expert witness. Highly recommend this book to anyone into forensics!
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no lie. this is a must read, well written, performed, & intrigueing while demonstrating the role & importance of forensic pathology in real life. plus a bonus that the author's career is so vast.
Liked his telling of the truth and the analysis of people's reactions to it. The denial and twisting begins...in spite of the fact the science says otherwise. Really good listen. Thank you for enlightening us about history...
narration was fantastic and the stories of recent and old cases Dr. Di Maio has worked on were thrilling! makes me want to be a forensic pathologist.
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