[ Read Online A Voice for the Dead ☆ shojo PDF ] by James E. Starrs ☆ An interesting story about information from many of the famous deaths.
I am quite sure that should I ever have the chance to hear the author speak that one of the following would occur 1 He would be as long winded as his writing style, or2 He might prove to be interesting that he comes across in his writings.
The stories were fascinating, but a bit long winded in parts often clothed in what I perceived to be some sort of self aggrandizement I kept being reminded of the Hemingway followers who go to the running of the bulls, grow a beard and end up trying to look like Ol Papa H himself.
I think the best thing I can say is that I did not hate the book for a topic I find fascinating I only liked it enough.
In The Midst Of His Distinguished Law School Career, James Starrs Made An Extraordinary Leap Into The Politically Fraught, Physically Arduous Business Of Actually Exhuming Bodies To Solve Cold Cases That Have Defied Answers For Years Helped By Cutting Edge Technology As Well As The Forensic Science He Had Been Teaching For Decades, He Has Made Important Discoveries These Fascinating Revelations Are Dramatically Chronicled In A Voice for the Dead Starrs S Passionate Intention Is To Set The Record Straight, To Right The Wrongs Done By Tall Tales And Cover Ups, By Even The Most Cherished Historical Legends Among The High Profile Cases He Writes About Are Jesse James Are The Remains Buried In His Purported Grave Really Jesse S Mary Sullivan Was She, As Supposed, A Victim Of Albert DeSalvo, Who Confessed, Perhaps Falsely, To Being The Boston Strangler And The Cold War Government Scientist Who Fell To His Death From A High Floor Of A New York Hotel Did He Jump Or Was He Pushed Interesting how much can be learned from the bones of the dead.
While the topic is fascinating, Starrs doesn t really write for the lay reader He sprinkles terms into his writing without explaining them, possibly assuming anyone reading his book will already be familiar with them.
I ve given up on this book 50 pages in The fascinating parts are buried under the academic prose and the attempt at humor Verdict perfect if you are a die hard fan of the topic, but not for your average Joe.
I really enjoyed Dr Starr s book and the cases he presents, especially the Boston Strangler case However the main thing that I did not like about the book is that he would use these large words that I didn t know what they meant and I read a lot Granted I could have looked them up but I feel that this not only wastes my energies and takes away from the flow of the book if I have to stop and look up a word He also uses Latin words that he doesn t define, expecting the readers to know what they mean and I would take a hazard to guess that most wouldn t.
Contents Introduction Desiderata for an Exhumation1 Alfred G Packer, The Colorado Cannibal with aConscience2 Carl Austin Weiss, MD, He Died in Marble Halls3 Frank Olson, The Man Who Fell Thirteen Stories4 Jesse James, The Houdini of Western Outlaws5 Mary A Sullivan, She Was Just Nineteen6 The Unheard of Voices of the DeadSelected Bibliography by ChapterIndex
Very interesting to learn about the history of persons exhumed, why they were exhumed, and the results of exhumation It was difficult to get through the last chapter The author just rambled on a bit too much.
I can honestly say this was a horrible book It felt like a CSI kids book that tries to impress you by using big words with little relevant content I hate to say this but I felt bored with it The author held grudges against people who disagreed with him and seems to have felt that this book would be a great forum to express his opinion that only his view can be correct If you are interested in forensic science, the work by Bill Bass Jon Jefferson Book entitled Death s Acre Inside the Legendary Body Farm is of much higher quality I wouldn t waste my time reading this book Anything you could find on the shelf would be a better read.