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November 12, 1997

Grave Secrets: A Leading Forensic Expert Reveals the Startling Truth About O. J. Simpson, David Koresh, and Vincent Foster and Other Sensational Cases

Author Affiliations

Chief Medical Examiner Rockland County, New York Columbia University College of Physicans and Surgeons New York, NY

JAMA. 1997;278(18):1540-1541. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550180094050

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Grave Secrets is, in a sense, a continuation of Dr Wecht's fascinating book Cause of Death, in which he presented a series of sensational cases of forensic interest that held the reader spellbound. Again, using his vast experience as a noted forensic pathologist, he analyzes and interprets the data in another collection of notable cases.

The book begins with a highly complimentary foreword by Drs Michael Baden and Henry Lee followed by 14 chapters, each representing an out-standing case in which Dr Wecht participated either directly or indirectly. Three high-profile cases of recent vintage including the Simpson trial, the death of Vincent Foster, and the David Koresh-Waco incident, set the stage in the first three chapters. The remainder encompasses a wide variety of fascinating forensic cases that include racially charged shooting incidents in Cleveland and Chicago in the late 1960s, cases of major public health importance, cases of foreign intrigue