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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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:161039691X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

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

  • Kate
    May 09, 2018
    Staggering compilation of investigative reporting on Steven Hayne and Michael West, two phony expert forensic witnesses whose persistent shilling for law enforcement and criminal prosecutors for over two decades in Mississippi directly and indirectly led to dubious and downright wrongf...
  • Michelle
    Apr 04, 2018
    This was PHENOMENAL. I cannot praise this book highly enough. What an achievement. The authors methodically break down the medicolegal system in Mississippi in order to show how a perfect storm of racism, cronyism, petty political disputes, bad science, and entrenched interests put two...
  • Florence
    May 26, 2018
    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...
  • Lauren
    May 13, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Kristin
    Nov 30, 2017
    Review coming soon.... ...
  • Ctgt
    Jul 08, 2018
    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
    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
    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...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    Feb 27, 2018
    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a highly recommended account of the corrupt criminal justice system in Mississippi in the 1970s into the 1990s. This book tells the story of a doctor an...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Apr 17, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Josh
    Jun 05, 2018
    "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." ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Feb 27, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Joey R.
    Mar 12, 2018
    ?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...
  • Keith Lytton
    Feb 04, 2018
    ok...can I give it 6 stars? I have been reading for a lot of years...and very seldom have gushed about a book..."It" by Stephen King..."Time to Kill" by John Grisham...but a true crime book...even though true crime is one of my favorite genres to read...I can't say I ever gushed about ...
  • Colby
    Mar 22, 2018
    The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington is a disturbing and disheartening look at glaring flaws in the U.S. justice system and how two men in Mississippi exploited those flaws with devastating consequences. The book focuses on the careers of St...
  • Clare
    Apr 26, 2018
    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
    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...
  • Mrs. Danvers
    May 15, 2018
    Strangely, I found this book to drag. Maybe it has too many facts and too many cases. But not everyone can be Bryan Stevenson or David R. Dow ...
  • Sarah
    Mar 12, 2018
    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,...
  • Steve Nolan
    Apr 26, 2018
    "The system was designed this way. Sometimes it solved crimes, but that wasn't necessarily its chief purpose. Instead, its purpose has always been to facilitate law enforcement's desires as reflected by the prevailing status quo. Sometimes, that is justice, but other times it's been so...
  • Lizett
    May 23, 2018
    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
    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
    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
    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...