Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Cyril Wecht: Forensic Pathologist

Books by Wecht

Cause of Death
Cause of Death

Grave Secrets – covers such cases as the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, the death of Vincent Foster, Wecht's view on the Branch Davidian stand-off at Waco, and more than a dozen other cases. He also comments on the alien autopsy footage from Roswell, New Mexico.

Cause of Death – goes into the JFK assassination in depth, as well as the assassination of Robert Kennedy, while re-examining the cases of Jeffrey MacDonald, Jean Harris, and Claus von Bulow, among others.

Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?
Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?

Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? – Wecht weighs in on the events surrounding the death of this six-year-old beauty queen, providing what he believes is evidence of an accident, not a cold-blooded murder. He discusses the autopsy report and suggests that an exhumation might provide more information.

Mortal Evidence – Wecht again offers his views on OJ Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey, as well as discussing his role for the defense in the case of Amy Grossberg, accused of murdering her baby, and the trial for the murder of millionaire Ted Binion. In addition, he discusses the Sam Sheppard civil trial, in which he participated, and offers a few lesser known but highly intriguing investigations.

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Duquesne University Law logo

"I'm working on another book in the same genre," Wecht says. "It may be out next spring. Right now it's tentatively called Mortal Evidence II. Then I'm working on three other books. These are more technical. One is going to be a textbook, a definitive work in this field of forensic science and law [mentioned above]. It's going to be heavily based upon the program that we're now into in our third year at Duquesne University, under the auspices of the Institute of Forensic Science and Law and based on materials from people who have been giving these lectures. The second book I'm working on is about terrorism. Then there's a third book with an English publisher about criminal investigation."

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law can be accessed via www.forensic.duq.edu.

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*Thanks to my assistant, Jamie DiPasquo.

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