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Maggots, Murder, and Men [Paperback]

Dr Zakaria Erzinclioglu , Zakaria Erzinalioglu , Zakaria Erzin Lioglu
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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031231132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312311322
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this text on forensic entomology, the author examines the way in which this profession is practised, based on his own study of the life-histories of Diptera - especially blowflies.The author cites many high-profile cases, some of them notorious crimes, from the present day and from the past. Two murders of the last century are written about at length and the author also includes many cases in which he was personally involved, including one dating from November, 1862 in which two children went for a walk in some woods and were never seen alive again. An inquest concluding that their deaths were produced by "cold, accelerated by moisture in the form of sleet and rain". Erzinclioglu was able to advise that no British fly species know to breed in carrion could lay eggs in such temperatures; revealing that the children must have been abducted and killed, and their bodies later left in the woods.

The author also expresses his concern about how forensic evidence is given in court, suggesting that, now The Forensic Science Service is an executive agency of the Home Office - paid for on an item service basis - it may be used less frequently, or inferior advice sought because it is cheaper. He argues for a system whereby a judge can commission accredited scientists drawn from a panel, bringing our justice system in line with that of France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Madness and Mayhem 17 Aug 2001
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Who would have thought a few maggots could reveal so much, where the body was when the deceased died, when the deceased died, possibly how the wound came about, if it was an accidental death or murder - Just so much for so little. A top notch book that every police officer in the world should possess. I am a true crime writer and publisher and already the book has been of tremendous help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read and Interesting Book of Bugs! 15 Mar 2003
I became aware of the entomologist's role in forensic science because of the tv programme CSI, and I really expected this book to be very technical and hard to read. It was far from it! Not only does it describe the different types of insect life that feed off a body, but it also gives example cases to show how to apply the science to fact. It was the first book I came across that did not focus on crimes within the US because the insect life in the UK is slightly different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 8 Mar 2013
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Excellent read and ideal for my daughter who is at college and studying Forensic Science. Have also recommended to my wife for her book club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maggots,murder,and men 7 May 2011
By Mel
Totally amazing, great to get insights on actual facts and how they were solved, what everyone thinks is reality when in fact real life can be totally different. Great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 11 Jan 2011
By BobM
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My son bought this book on the recommendation of his university lecturer. I have an interest in crime reconstruction and forensics so read this book over Christmas.
Very interesting.
Dr Zac is undoubtedly at the forefront of his profession, and has had a wealth of experience investigating "time of death" from entomological specimens found on, and in the vicinity of, corpses.
He relates to the reader many of the investigations he has assisted in over the years, along with archaeological research projects.
He does make some personal observations about the politics of both the government and it's stance on forensic science, borne out very recently by the decision to close the FSS, and the lamentable attitude of some police officers he has worked with.
Having some considerable experience in this particular arena of investigation and prosecution, I can believe some of his tales!
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