A Fly for the Prosecution
Product Descriptionby M. Lee Goff; Trans. by Chokchun Hwang
Korean title: Pariga Chabun Pomin
size: 152*223mm; 255pages. publisher: Haebaragi, 2002.
About this book
Using actual cases on which he has consulted, forensic entomologist Lee Goff shows how knowledge of insects and their habits can provide crucial evidence about crimes. Even when a decaying body has been reduced to a skeleton, insect evidence can often provide the only available estimate of the post-mortem interval, or time elapsed since death, as well as clues to whether the body has been moved from the original crime scene, and whether drugs have contributed to the death. An experienced forensic investigator who regularly advises law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad, Goff is uniquely qualified to tell the fascinating if unsettling story of the development and practice of forensic entomology.
Excerpt from the book
An unusual case from Texas involved the body of a woman found with the mangled remains of a grasshopper in her clothing. At first, nobody paid much attention to the grasshopper, although its parts were collected and preserved as evidence. The police identified several suspects and brought them in for questioning. At the time, 1985, male fashion was making another of its statements by reintroducing cuffs on men's pants. During a search of the suspects, the left hind leg of a grasshopper was discovered in the cuff of one of the suspect's pants. This was the only part of the grasshopper that had not been recoverred from the body, and the fracture marks matched perfectly. Despite the defense attorney's assertion that "grasshoppers always break their legs like that," the suspect was convicted of murder.
About the author
M. Lee Foff is Professor of Entomology at University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Consultant in Forensic Entomology to the Medical Examiner of the City and County of Honolulu.
This book is written in Korean only.
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