True Crime has become a very popular genre, whether in print, audio or streaming services. Truman Capote may have invented the genre with In Cold Blood but Fatal Vision is a true crime controversy that is still ongoing after thirty years. The book was published in 1983. I read it then and saw the TV movie the next year. The audiobook is narrated by Fred Sanders. The production values are good and Mr. Sanders speaks clearly. Fatal Vision is an easy audiobook to listen to. Deciding the truth of the case is much more difficult.
I received a copy of this audiobook from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
Dead Men Do Tell TalesThe Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic AnthropologistAuthor William R. Maples, PhD, Michael BrowningNarrated by Stephen Bel Davies
Stephen Bel Davies narrates the fascinating book Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist. He does a good job pronouning all the words I would have struggled with.Written by forensic anthropologist William R. Maples PhD and Michael Browning, the book is a good introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology. Maples starts with an antecdote of seeing a very simple poem on a headstone. When he looked above to the poem to see the name on the headstone, he was shocked to see it belonged to Bonnie Parker, as in Bonnie and Clyde. It helped him to remember the humanity of all remains he studied, whether victim or perpetrator.
Maples examines the importance of forensic anthropology through a series of antedotes. He has the opportunity to study the remains of several interesting people, including Joseph Merrick (the elephant man), Pizzaro (the Spanish explorer), and Tsar Nicholas II. He also explains how to reconstruct a skeleton from a body bag of small bone fragments. The book is enjoyable and educational.
Thanks to Tantor Audio for giving me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.