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CRACKING CRIME. Jim Donovan - Forensic Detective

O'Connor (Niamh)

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ISBN 10: 0862787157 / ISBN 13: 9780862787158
Published by O'Brien Press, 2001
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Paperback. With a Foreword by Professor John Harbison. The author tells the remarkable story of Dr. Jim Donovan, head of the Forensic Science Laboratory and reveals the power of forensics in cracking crime - often from a clue as minute as a single hair. Cases include : the dreadful murder of Mary Duffy; the assassination of Lord Mountbatten; the Lisdoonvarna arsonist who left behind a glove of flesh; James Lynagh - ritual killer; the fatal sex games of Adrian Bambrick; Garda murders - Noel and Marie Murray. Also includes international crimes such as the Lindbergh kidnapping; the killing spree of 'Doctor Death'; Harold Shipman and how DNA finally solved the mystery of the missing Nazi, Martin Bormann. Read a first-hand account of the duel between forensics and Ireland's most notorious criminal, Martin Cahill, which Cahill tried to resolve by placing a bomb under Dr. Donovan's car - causing him horrendous injuries. Illus. 302pp. softcover. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. Bookseller Inventory # 12348

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Title: CRACKING CRIME. Jim Donovan - Forensic ...

Publisher: O'Brien Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover / Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

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Edition: First edition.

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Cracking Crime by Niamh O'Connor, best selling author of The Black Widow, explores the fascinating and ground breaking work of Dr. Jim Donovan and his forensics team. A relatively new and intriguing science, Dr Donovan outlines the history of the development of various aspects of forensics and the sciences involved, from the study of dust to criminal profiling. Since its introduction in Ireland, forensics has solved hundreds of crimes, with often the tiniest of clues leading to convictions. Some of the more notable cases of true life crimes solved by the use of forensics include: killings in Roscommon, the shooting of Garda Reynolds by Noel and Marie Murray, the Bombing of British Ambassador Christopher Ewart Biggs and Lord Mountbatten by the IRA, the abduction and murder of Mary Duffy - where teeth indentation on a wad of toilet roll helped identify the body, and the triple murder of Imelda Riney, her son Liam, and Father Walsh

About the Author:

Niamh O'Connor is the author of the best-selling book on the life and crimes of Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow. She is also Crime Correspondent with Ireland on Sunday. She has previously worked for The Examiner and RTE. Her experience in print journalism is extensive, and she has turned her talent to reporting in several different areas with great flair and precision. She lives in Wicklow.

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