The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist chronicles how the courts and Mi After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two ...

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Title:The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South
Author:Radley Balko
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The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South Reviews

  • Florence
    May 26, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

  • Forgottendreamr
    Jul 18, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

    Interesting and horrifying! Perhaps over long and rather convoluted story of injustice in Mississippi. Very happy to know that at least a few people wrongly convicted by crack pot "expert" testimony were later exonerated and released. Seems ridiculous that all cases that led to convict...

    I?m giving this book 3.5 stars. While it was fascinating, it was dense. It read similar to a textbook. ...

    Once again, burn down the criminal justice system and its misaligned incentives when it comes to shoddy forensic evidence. Supporting process/procedure over justice and established powerful interests over individual liberties is not was this country should be about. ...

    This is one of the best books I?ve read in a long time.... if you can stomach it. It is also gut- wrenching, mind- boggling and jaw- dropping. It?s billed as a true story of injustice in the American South. Written by an astute investigative reporter and a former criminal defense a...

    This is an expose of corruption in the courts, confirming every stereotype of Mississippi. It was simultaneously frustrating and horrifying. There were some slow bits, and some of the history and details could have been cut, but overall an important book for the story it tells. ...

  • Lauren
    May 13, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

    Interesting and horrifying! Perhaps over long and rather convoluted story of injustice in Mississippi. Very happy to know that at least a few people wrongly convicted by crack pot "expert" testimony were later exonerated and released. Seems ridiculous that all cases that led to convict...

    I?m giving this book 3.5 stars. While it was fascinating, it was dense. It read similar to a textbook. ...

  • Darcia Helle
    Mar 10, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

  • Ctgt
    Jul 08, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

  • Rebecca McPhedran
    Jun 29, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

  • Liz
    Feb 25, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 17, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

  • Debra
    Nov 25, 2017

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

  • Julie
    Jul 10, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

  • K Marie
    Dec 01, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

    Interesting and horrifying! Perhaps over long and rather convoluted story of injustice in Mississippi. Very happy to know that at least a few people wrongly convicted by crack pot "expert" testimony were later exonerated and released. Seems ridiculous that all cases that led to convict...

  • Josh
    Jun 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

  • Stephanie Moran
    Oct 20, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Feb 27, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

  • Kristy Miller
    Apr 16, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

  • Janet
    Nov 26, 2017

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

  • Amanda
    Mar 22, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

  • Geoff
    Aug 02, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

    Interesting and horrifying! Perhaps over long and rather convoluted story of injustice in Mississippi. Very happy to know that at least a few people wrongly convicted by crack pot "expert" testimony were later exonerated and released. Seems ridiculous that all cases that led to convict...

    I?m giving this book 3.5 stars. While it was fascinating, it was dense. It read similar to a textbook. ...

    Once again, burn down the criminal justice system and its misaligned incentives when it comes to shoddy forensic evidence. Supporting process/procedure over justice and established powerful interests over individual liberties is not was this country should be about. ...

  • George Lichman
    Jul 28, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

  • Joey R.
    Mar 12, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

  • Clare
    Apr 26, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

  • Judy Frey
    May 22, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

    This book left me devastated and hopeless but also full of fire. It is absolutely insane that there is a state in our country that has allowed greed and corruption to rule the criminal justice system for decades. This book is not just a true crime narrative - it is a novel length work ...

    Interesting and horrifying! Perhaps over long and rather convoluted story of injustice in Mississippi. Very happy to know that at least a few people wrongly convicted by crack pot "expert" testimony were later exonerated and released. Seems ridiculous that all cases that led to convict...

    I?m giving this book 3.5 stars. While it was fascinating, it was dense. It read similar to a textbook. ...

    Once again, burn down the criminal justice system and its misaligned incentives when it comes to shoddy forensic evidence. Supporting process/procedure over justice and established powerful interests over individual liberties is not was this country should be about. ...

    This is one of the best books I?ve read in a long time.... if you can stomach it. It is also gut- wrenching, mind- boggling and jaw- dropping. It?s billed as a true story of injustice in the American South. Written by an astute investigative reporter and a former criminal defense a...

  • Alex Bear
    Aug 10, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 12, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

  • Beata
    Aug 03, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

  • Emily
    Nov 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

  • Lizett
    May 23, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

  • Jenny Moore
    Apr 13, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...

    This is a truly chilling book. I spent most of my career thus far as a prosecutor, confident that the science being brought into the courtroom was evidence-based and accurate. This book shows what can happen when the gatekeepers of that science don't have much regard for the scientific...

    Amazing. I listed to the audiobook and finished it in less than 24 hours. It was captivating. A well-researched, gripping story that illustrates the injustices of our justice system, the racism upon which that system was built, and the troubled relationship between science and the law....

  • Ozy Frantz
    Mar 05, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

  • Chrystal
    Apr 17, 2018

    It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, No name in the Street This is a very sobering book about how racism, bad forensics, institutionalization and a faulty criminal justice system in Mississipp...

    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a 2018 Public Affairs publication. ?The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it?- Flannery O?Connor This book is shockin...

    One of the key necessities in determining the facts of a crime is in making the story fit the evidence, not the evidence fit the story. This book shows how a complex system of corrupt or stupid attorneys, judges, policemen, a coroner and a dentist managed to convict a number of innoc...

    "Indeed and without doubt" this book IS exceptional. Recently quite a few books have been published on injustice done to people wrongfully accused of committing crimes. Here we are given some explanation how such tragedies may happen. ...

    This was a sad and tragic retelling of the story about a pair of so-called doctors in Mississippi who got involved in the court system as professional testifiers. The first one is the prolific Dr. Steven Hayne. He had lined himself up to be in a position to be doing an incredible 80% o...

    4 1/2 stars This book is really hard for me to review. I have been mad at books before, have had a book that actually gave me nightmares, and have had books that gave me doubt - but this particular one scared the hell out me. It points out that we are not always in control of our li...

    ?The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist? is a very well researched look inside the world of forensic pathology and bite mark analysis within the criminal justice system of Mississippi. The book focuses on forensic pathologist Steven Hayne and bite mark examiner Michael West who p...

    This book is a comprehensive, incredibly well researched exploration of the intertwining of politics, law, justice/injustice, and racism in the deep south. I read a lot of true crime and sociology, but I've never read a book that explores corruption within our legal system in regar...

    "It's often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly. That isn't always true. When it comes to convicting people, they can move pretty swiftly. It's when the system needs to correct an injustice--admit its mistakes--that the gears tend to sputter to a halt." ...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon B...

    The facts presented in this book are infuriating and heartbreaking, and I am so glad I read it. The content is 5 star reporting, but my reading experience was closer to 3 stars, because it was kind of dry and took a long time to push myself through it. I think it's really worth a read,...

    This is one of those books that can really rip the blinders off. Honest and objective, not only to our justice system but to the scientific realm as well. I was blown away by this account of the criminal justice system in Mississippi. Listen - as much as we are drilled to believe th...

    Let's see if this sounds familiar......politicians and law enforcement officials using, and at times subverting the system to obtain the necessary "forensic evidence" for a conviction. Sounds like something right out of Jim Crow south in the early/mid parts of the 20th century. However...

    Listened to in audio format. DNF This book is undoubtedly well researched but it is a bit heavy going for me. ...

    This was a really strong work of nonfiction, but the reason it's three stars rather than four is entirely do to personal preference. I have a hard time with books that deal with child murder. I REALLY hard time. So the fact that the two cases upon which this book is centered are aro...

    I'm a huge fan of Radley Balko, and this gripping true story of injustice in Mississippi is him at his best. He doesn't simply report on a single state's dysfunctional justice system, but uses it to explore why the American justice system relied so long on junk forensic science and imp...

    The book is a good example of some of the problems in our criminal justice system relating to, most specifically, junk science and the ?expert witness? but also addressed inadequate counsel, incompetent law enforcement, and a political system that seems to be designed to protect it...

    The Mississippi criminal justice system has been largely run by the good ole boys network. It took a wink and a nod toward the prosecution to push for conviction of a defendant with testimony from a self-styled pathologist with no board certified credentials. Similarly, a local dentist...

    I've never disliked a nonfiction book for providing too many fact. Damn, this thing is dense though. One could spend a year with this book and still be picking out new facts. Definitely not one's usual mass-market true-crime, but well researched, and well written from a great cause. ...

    I've had an interest in criminal justice since middle school. I have a Masters Degree in Legal Studies. I work for defense attorneys who do a lot of indigent defense. I know a lot of the facts behind prosecutorial misconduct. Even I was pissed off by this book. Basic summary: Every...

    Steven Hayne is a forensic pathologist, who has done thousands of autopsies for the state of Mississippi over the course of 20 years. You read that right, thousands over twenty years. That?s a lot. One would think that with that kind of track record, Hayne would make mistakes. People...

    If I could give this book six stars I would. I haven't read a book that made me this mad toward the (in)justice system as this one has since I read "The Innocent Man" by John Grisham and "Chasing Justice" by Kerry Max Cook. This book is very powerfully written, I appreciate the wide le...