Coroner by Thomas T. Noguchi, Joseph DiMona

By Thomas T. Noguchi, Joseph DiMona

Dr. Noguchi recounts his colourful and stormy profession, explains his cutting edge innovations, and divulges the complete tale in the back of his so much attention-grabbing investigations, together with the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, William Holden, Natalie wooden, John Belushi, and plenty of extra.

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When he had gone looking for girls to ‘flash’ that night he met Lynda, the baby was left in the car. He had met his victim and flashed, then she did something not at all typical of the usual reaction to such shocks: she ran into a dark place along the path. Pitchfork was clearly excited by this, so much so that he went to her and attacked. He raped her and claimed that he strangled her while she was penetrated. In the case of Dawn Ashworth, he had seen her walk into a quiet lane off King Edward Avenue while he was on his motorbike, and he had stopped and gone after her.

He was in his fifties when he died and that means that he was unusually healthy and robust, in spite of the whipworm. His stomach showed that he had eaten a meal not long before death and his clothes were easily imagined from residual traces and fragments. He carried an axe and a flint knife. But he had definitely been in the wars. Oetzi was holding a knife when he died and he had been shot by an arrow, which caused his death. The shaft had been broken off, and sophisticated x-ray scans showed that he had a deep arterial wound under the collar bone.

He had served fourteen years for a crime he did not commit. It has to be one of the saddest and most darkly ironical and tragic of all the modern chronicles of murder in Britain. In one sense, the advent of DNA evidence is another in the long line of specialist forensic knowledge that is present in the trials and appeal courts through criminal history, from the learned professors who specialise in ear-prints to the ‘bone doctors’ who reassemble skulls of victims murdered decades before the investigation goes ‘hot’ again.

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