The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist chronicles how the courts and Mi After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two ...

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Title:The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Author:Radley Balko
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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South Reviews

  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    Dec 17, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

  • Chris
    Feb 10, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

  • Florence
    May 26, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

    An in-depth look at the problems of the Mississippi death investigation system, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist shows how much damage Hayne and West did and how they were facilitated by law enforcement apathy and a desire to close cases, win convictions, and remain in power. ...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

  • Irene
    Jan 30, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

  • Darcia Helle
    Mar 10, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

  • Mieneke
    Jan 21, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

    An in-depth look at the problems of the Mississippi death investigation system, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist shows how much damage Hayne and West did and how they were facilitated by law enforcement apathy and a desire to close cases, win convictions, and remain in power. ...

  • Ctgt
    Jul 08, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

  • Rebecca McPhedran
    Jun 29, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

    An in-depth look at the problems of the Mississippi death investigation system, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist shows how much damage Hayne and West did and how they were facilitated by law enforcement apathy and a desire to close cases, win convictions, and remain in power. ...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

  • Liz
    Feb 25, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 31, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 17, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

  • Mark
    Mar 17, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

  • Debra
    Nov 25, 2017

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

  • Julie
    Jul 10, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

  • Josh
    Jun 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

  • Stephanie
    Oct 20, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Feb 27, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

  • Janet
    Nov 26, 2017

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

  • George Lichman
    Jul 28, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

    An in-depth look at the problems of the Mississippi death investigation system, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist shows how much damage Hayne and West did and how they were facilitated by law enforcement apathy and a desire to close cases, win convictions, and remain in power. ...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

  • Joey R.
    Mar 12, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

  • Paula W
    Jan 05, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

  • Donald Powell
    Feb 24, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

  • Cynda
    Jan 08, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

  • Clare
    Apr 26, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 12, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

  • Beata
    Aug 03, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

  • Emily
    Nov 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

  • Jerome
    Jan 12, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

  • Ozy Frantz
    Mar 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...

    An excellent dissertation on the use of science in Courts. The focus was on outrages in Mississippi and criminal prosecutions. The book also seriously challenges the procedural laws surrounding appeals, particularly as it relates to the inevitable refinement of science and forensics in...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist is a book about injustice in the American South during the 1990s. It focuses primarily on two cases (in these cases, the men were exonerated by DNA), but it also describes many other instances of shoddy science that led to many wrongful convicti...

    An in-depth look at the problems of the Mississippi death investigation system, The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist shows how much damage Hayne and West did and how they were facilitated by law enforcement apathy and a desire to close cases, win convictions, and remain in power. ...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

  • Kirsty416
    Feb 13, 2019

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    3.5 "Our society has a high degree of confidence in it's criminal trials, in no small part because of the Constitution offers unparalleled protections against convictions of the innocent." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. If one can believe this after watching the news, or reading the...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    You will never look at science the same way after reading this book. Even if you know that the shows like C.S.I. are science fairy tales what Balko and Carrington chronicle isn't so much a miscarriage of justice but a deliberate hoodwinking by a group of men (the two in the title are t...

    In the later decades of the 20th century, Michael West, a self-proclaimed bite expert and pioneer in other bogus forms of pattern recognition, and Steven Haynes, an uncredentialed and untrained coroner, defrauded a gullible Mississippi judicial court system, condemned numerous innocent...

    Who knew that my first 5 star read of the year would come so early, and that it would be nonfiction? I certainly wouldn?t have believed it if you told me. Bear with me, Goodreads friends, because this might be the longest review I?ve ever written. I?ll explain why at the end. ...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I started out being excited to read this book. I had lived in Mississippi in the 1980s, about the time in the historical narrative of this text really should getting interesting. But doesn't. Largely not well written. Let's start with What Did Work. 1. The Preface has important ...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    ?A study of Mississippi death investigations from 1981 through 1984 showed staggeringly high rates of deaths classified as ?undetermined causes.? In DeSoto County, for example, the rate was 53 percent. In Benton County, it was 70 percent. The average across the country is around ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    What is an acceptable failure rate for the death penalty? A quote from the deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 decision (Kansas v. Marsh) notes that "the possibility that someone will be punished mistakenly . . . is a truism, not a revelation." But this book leads t...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    This book should be required reading in law school and police academies across the country! These profound injustices occurred in very, very recent history.....terrifying. In the era of Chump as president this all seems the more possible right now in our country. Grandiose narcissist c...