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The Resource Morgue : a life in death, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell ; foreword by Dr. Jan Garavaglia

Morgue : a life in death, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell ; foreword by Dr. Jan Garavaglia

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Morgue : a life in death
Title
Morgue
Title remainder
a life in death
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Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell ; foreword by Dr. Jan Garavaglia
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Language
eng
Summary
"In this clear-eyed, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and veteran crime writer Ron Franscell guide us behind the morgue doors to tell a fascinating life story through the cases that have made Di Maio famous-from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Beginning with his street-smart Italian origins in Brooklyn, the book spans 40 years of work and more than 9,000 autopsies, and Di Maio's eventual rise into the pantheon of forensic scientists. 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"--
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  • /* Starred Review */ In this engrossing look behind the headlines of notorious homicides, Franscell, a veteran crime writer, aids DiMaio, a renowned forensic pathologist, in narrating the career he made of solving some of the most disturbing puzzles of the dead. In 40 years of work, DiMaio has worked on cases that involved the disturbed and infanticidal Martha Woods; the grisly exhumation of J.F.K. assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, whose own mouth debunked a conspiracy theory about his identity; and a deviously wicked nurse, Genene Jones, who was jailed for killing one patient and “deliberately injuring” another, and suspected of being responsible for dozens of other deaths. The often lurid, occasionally sad, and always intriguing details never overpower the drive for justice that fuels DiMaio’s life and work. “Forensic evidence,” he writes, “tells us honestly and candidly what we need to know, even when we want it to say something else.” The killing of teenager Trayvon Martin by neighborhood-watchman George Zimmerman serves as DiMaio’s example of an instance about which, even after the question of homicide was settled, “the bigger questions about humanity” were left unanswered. Di Maio and Franscell deliver a well-paced, thoughtful, and absorbing work that will fascinate crime buffs and scholars alike. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 03/14/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 11, p)
  • This collection of narratives describes various high-profile and historically significant cases on which pathologist Di Maio has consulted during his esteemed career, including the trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin and the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. He illuminates the world of forensic pathology while showing its contribution to the evolution of evidence-based judgments in criminal trials. Di Maio emphasizes the centrality of impartiality to the profession: how his job is to determine the cause and manner of death, regardless of any effects his conclusions may have. The examples well satisfy humanity's obsession with murder and justice. They are written (with journalist Franscell) skillfully enough that even when a suspect's guilt is painfully obvious, the methodical and deliberate presentation of proof helps the reader better appreciate and understand the challenges of the justice system. As with William R. Maples's Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Di Maio's work asserts the value of his medical specialty while lamenting the steadily decreasing number of its competent practitioners. VERDICT Readers interested in forensic pathology, medical investigation, justice, courtroom dramas, and criminal law will find this book simply to die for. --Ricardo Laskaris (Reviewed 04/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 6, p107)
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10492343
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Di Maio, Vincent J. M.
Dewey number
363.25
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Franscell, Ron
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True
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  • Di Maio, Vincent J. M
  • Pathologists
  • Forensic scientists
  • Autopsy
  • Homicide investigation
  • Pathologists
  • Autobiographies
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life in death
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Morgue : a life in death, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell ; foreword by Dr. Jan Garavaglia
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  • Includes index
  • GEN.
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • still image
  • text
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  • sti
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: One.A Death in Black and White -- Two.The "Why" Incision -- Three.An Empty Nursery -- Four.Bombed Beyond Recognition -- Five.Digging Up Lee Harvey Oswald -- Six.Monsters Among Us -- Seven.Secrets and Puzzles -- Eight.Death, Justice, and Celebrity -- Nine.The Ghosts of West Memphis -- Ten.The Curious Death of Vincent Van Gogh
Control code
000057246198
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 268 pages
Isbn
9781250067142
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016001125
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)918994681
Label
Morgue : a life in death, Dr. Vincent Di Maio and Ron Franscell ; foreword by Dr. Jan Garavaglia
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Includes index
  • GEN.
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: One.A Death in Black and White -- Two.The "Why" Incision -- Three.An Empty Nursery -- Four.Bombed Beyond Recognition -- Five.Digging Up Lee Harvey Oswald -- Six.Monsters Among Us -- Seven.Secrets and Puzzles -- Eight.Death, Justice, and Celebrity -- Nine.The Ghosts of West Memphis -- Ten.The Curious Death of Vincent Van Gogh
Control code
000057246198
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 268 pages
Isbn
9781250067142
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016001125
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)918994681

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