This is the remarkable and gripping true story of a murderer and his victim, and of the tiny molecule that linked their fates. It is both the history of a science overlaid with human drama and a human tragedy inextricably entwined with science. It is about two lives made and destroyed by DNA--and by each other. In 1984, Helena Greenwood, a young British DNA scientist, was sexually assaulted in her San Francisco cottage. A year later and five hundred miles south, she was strangled to death--before she could appear in court as the key witness against her attacker. The alleged rapist, Paul Frediani, was the prime suspect, but police and forensic experts failed to link him to the murder. The crime was consigned to the cold case file. Over the next fifteen years, Frediani continued his life--with a job, children, and apparently nothing to tie him to Greenwood's death. Scientists, meanwhile, were beginning to use DNA to unravel the riddle of human identity. Their discoveries beat a path from the laboratory to the courtroom. In 1999, this prompted a determined San Diego detective, Laura Heilig, to reopen the Greenwood file, where she discovered a vital clue. Like a classic thriller, this is a tale of twists and turns. From crime scene to courtroom, laboratory bench to prison cell, Pointing from the Grave is the unforgettable story of how a dead woman's groundbreaking work pointed the finger at her own murderer.
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Samantha Weinberg is a British writer and journalist who followed the Greenwood case after reading about it in the Los Angeles Times. She lives in London.
Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.From AudioFile:
After a comprehensive explanation of DNA and Mendelian genetics, Samantha Wienberg recounts the life and death of British scientist Helena Greenwood. In 1985, David Paul Frediani is arrested for the home invasion and sexual assault of Greenwood. Months later, Greenwood is murdered, strangled in her own garden. No evidence links prime suspect Frediani to the murder, but he is convicted of the assault. The murder case remains open, and Greenwood's bloody clothes and fingernail parings are stored. As advances in forensic DNA occur, the fifteen-year old murder is finally solved. Narrator Nadia May keeps the overly long tale absorbing. May handles Weinberg's interviews with Frediani, his family, Greenwood's family, and numerous genetic scientists with tact and taste. Her performance makes this carefully researched true-crime drama as fascinating as crime fiction. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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