Steeped in Blood

Steeped in Blood reports on bloody crimes of passion, political assassinations, sinister poisonings, investment fraud and mass mining disasters.
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Title: Steeped in Blood
Subtitle: The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist
Author: David Klatzow; Sylvia Walker
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Imprint: Zebra Press
Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781868729227 / ISBN 978-1-86872-922-7
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 344 pages, several colour photographs


Justice often needs scientists to help her resolve vexed questions that arise when the truth has to be established. The mathematician, physicist, pathologist, chemist and other forensic experts in their disciplines are essential witnesses in proving where the truth lies. Dr David Klatzow is pre-eminent among our few forensic experts. His academic qualifications and his experience of more than twenty-five years are evident in his numerous appearances as a witness in many cases, and as an advisor to both plaintiffs and defendants. David and the late Dr Jonathan Gluckman, the country's leading pathologist, were readily available to us in the Legal Resources Centre during the apartheid years and to the legal profession as a whole.

In Steeped in Blood, the author relates numerous examples of how conflicts of fact were resolved in the cases in which he testified. In most of these, his opinions were accepted. The judges complimented him on his expertise and his readiness to reconsider his opinion when new information became available during the course of a trial. David Klatzow challenged sloppy investigation, drew attention to the lack of care in safeguarding a crime scene and exposed suspected cover-ups of serious crimes. The book contains most useful material for all who are interested in the administration of justice. No trial lawyer, senior investigating officer or potential expert witness can afford to ignore this book.

Content: Steeped in Blood

Author's Note
Setting Sail on My Voyage of Discovery
A Scholar and a Gentleman
Alcohol Is a Good Friend, Just Don't Overdo the Friendship
The 'Hired Guns' of the Insurance Industry
The Expert Who Never Was
Queensberry Rules
Kinross: A Black Day in South Africa's History
It's Sad When the State Goes Bad
A Place Called Vlakplaas
The Murder of Ashley Kriel
The Trojan Horse Massacre: Not My Finest Hour
Orders to Fliminate, Not Illuminate
The Devil Is in the Detail
Never Send the Fox to Investigate Crimes in the Hen House
Death, Drugs and Dirty Tricks
Post-Mortems: The Good, the Bad and the Totally Inept
The Mystery of Flight 295, the Helderberg
The Naked Truth
Till Death Us Do Part
Bent Coppers?: The Murder of Inge Lotz
Smoke and Mirrors: The Death of Brett Kebble
The Dynamic Investment That Shrank
Too Good to Be True
Creativity Knows No Bounds
Opinions, Lies and Simple Truth
Condemned to Repeat History