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Ann Rule Presents---Final Exams: True Crime Cases from Cyril Wecht

 

by Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD and Dawna Kaufmann

 

The fans have spoken!

The hot-selling e-book is now also a print book!

 

Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, the world's best-known medical examiner, and his partner in crime(writing), Dawna Kaufmann, have released their latest exciting collaboration.

 

Final Exams: True Crime Cases from Cyril Wecht, is published by Planet Ann Rule, LLC, with a Foreword written by best-selling author Ann Rule. Previously available as only an e-book, there's now a print version, with all the same information and photos, plus important updates.

 

The book's chapters detail these "four twisty mysteries": 

 

"The Willing Victim" is a one-of-a-kind case about a successful Manhattan motivational guru named Jeffrey B. Locker who induced an inner-city stranger named Kenneth Minor to kill him. Why each man would do such a thing is a head scratcher. But the answer involves money, greed, and a multi-million buck insurance scam, and it leads to a forensic science showdown. This case takes you from the crime scene through a criminal trial, with Dr. Wecht's work front and center. A surprise ending indicates the case is not yet over for this defendant whom some have dubbed the "Harlem Kevorkian."

 

"The Girl in the Pink Hat" is the sad story of nine-year-old Florida girl, Jessica Lunsford, who was kidnapped and murdered by a sexual predator who buried her alive. America was spellbound by the news coverage of this case, which showed a photo of the child in her favorite chapeau. This chapter will take you deep behind the scenes, revealing what only Wecht and Kaufmann learned after the camera crews went away. How Jessica's father became both an advocate for child safety and a lightning rod for public scorn will evoke an array of reactions. But it's pure anger you'll feel when you read about the trickery attempted by the killer's defense attorney.

 

"A Cousin's Quest" is the struggle a Pennsylvania woman went through to see her beloved relative's killer put behind bars. This case reads like a film noir, with a nasty divorce, a fortune in insurance and property, contested child custody, and a femme fatale who used steamy sex to set in motion one of the most violent murders ever in this sleepy town. The victim, affable dentist John J. Yelenic Jr., suffered greatly, as Dr. Wecht explained to a jury. But why did it take so long for the defendant to be arrested? Because the killer's law enforcement background was used to try to outsmart authorities. 

 

"Hell Hath No Fury…" recounts the murder of a Pittsburgh-area doctor, Andrew D. Bagby, whose bullet-ridden body was found in a park. When Dr. Wecht performed his autopsy on the young man, he figured there would soon be an arrest and trial. After all, the killer was obviously Bagby's former girlfriend, another physician. But Dr. Shirley Turner fled to Canada and was protected by the law there, especially after she disclosed she was pregnant with the victim's son. Dr. Bagby's parents, deprived of their only child, were forced to partner up with the woman who murdered their son if they wanted to see their own grandbaby. The sheer depravity of Shirley Turner is off the map of evil. Then, when you think it can't get worse, it does.

 

Wecht and Kaufmann's latest interviews are at:

 

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