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Who Killed King Tut?: Using Modern Forensics to Solve a 3,300-Year Old Mystery

King, Michael R.

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ISBN 10: 1591021839 / ISBN 13: 9781591021834
Published by Prometheus Books, 2004
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Title: Who Killed King Tut?: Using Modern Forensics...

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Teacher's Edition

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Perhaps the greatest archaeological find of all time, the 19922 discovery of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter has stimulated the imagination of many. Untouched for 3,300 years, the ancient tomb, filled with spectacular treasures, raised many questions about the legendary reign of this boy king, especially the circumstances of his premature death sometime in his late teens. Theories about the cause of his untimely demise have included an infected mosquito bite and a bash on the head, either inflicted intentionally or the result of a fatal chariot accident. Without any obvious evidence, Egyptologists have left the question unsettled.

Now two law enforcement specialists in forensics and the psychology of criminal behavior have applied sophisticated crime-solving techniques used in the investigation of contemporary murders to this ancient mystery. With their unique perspectives, detectives Michael R. King and Gregory M. Cooper evaluate evidence that specialists in Egyptology and archaeology have long overlooked. After considering death by natural causes, accident, and suicide, the authors conclude that Tut died at the hands of a murderer.

The detectives' investigation becomes more intriguing as they focus on Tut's inner circle - his wife, Ankhesenamun; his closest advisors, prime minister Ay and treasurer Maya; and the powerful general of the Egyptian army, Horemheb. One by one, Cooper and King eliminate the suspects based on the evidence or probabilities. In conclusion, they draw up a modern affidavit formally charging their suspect with murdering the pharaoh.

For readers who enjoy mysteries, true crime, and history, WHO KILLED KING TUT? is an entertaining and educational read.

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Since Howard Carter's discover of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922, the life and death of this Egyptian pharaoh has fascinated archaeologists, Egyptologists, and the general public. Many have devised theories to explain why the pharaoh died so young - experts say that Tut could not have been older than twenty-one. In WHO KILLED KING TUT? experienced police investigators and criminal profilers Michael R. King and Gregory M. Cooper apply their criminology background to unravel the enigma surrounding Tut's death.

From the start, the reader gets a guided tour of historical and present-day Egypt with the help of Dr. John Fletcher, a respected British Egyptologist. Beginning with the reign of Tut's father and concluding with the deaths of those closest to Tut, Fletcher depicts in detail the facets of the Eighteenth Dynasty that are vital to the author's investigation. Photographs of the tomb and excerpts from Carter's diary, which provide stunning details of the crypt, nicely complement Fletcher's history.

A brief introduction to the world of forensics serves as a starting point for Cooper and King to delve into the mystery of Tut's death, which they approach without preconceptions. They plan to go where the evidence leads them. In chapter 5, "Considering the First Cues." the authors weave together historical and forensic information to devise a probably explanation. By carefully examining each possible scenario, the authors draw a startling conclusion: the pharaoh was murdered. But who killed him? The investigation focuses on Tut's inner circle and takes detectives through Egypt, visiting the tombs of vizier Ay, General Horemheb, and treasurer Maya, all of which hold many fascinating clues. Next, an expert examination of the radiographs of Tut's skull points to murder. Did Tut die from a blow to the head? When King and Cooper reveal their prime suspect, their findings challenge long-held beliefs about the famous pharaoh.

WHO KILLED KING TUT? - complete with a colorful photo insert; a preface by noted forensic psychologist Harold Bursztajn, MD; and an introduction by crime writer Don DeNevi - sheds new light on an ancient murder mystery and will captivate Egyptology enthusiasts, crime buffs, and the history lover in all of us.

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