The cadaver king and the country dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

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A shocking and deeply reported account of the persistent plague of institutional racism and junk forensic science in our criminal justice system, and its devastating effect on innocent lives

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 recounts the story of how the criminal justice system allowed this to happen, and of how two men, Dr. Steven Hayne and Dr. Michael West, built successful careers on the back of that structure. For nearly two decades, Hayne, a medical examiner, performed the vast majority of Mississippi's autopsies, while his friend Dr. West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Together they became the go-to experts for prosecutors and helped put countless Mississippians in prison. But then some of those convictions began to fall apart.

Here, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington tell the haunting story of how the courts and Mississippi's death investigation system—a relic of the Jim Crow era—failed to deliver justice for its citizens. The authors argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, raising sobering questions about our ability and willingness to address these crucial issues.

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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 recounts the story of how the criminal justice system allowed this to happen, and of how two men, Dr. Steven Hayne and Dr. Michael West, built successful careers on the back of that structure. For nearly two decades, Hayne, a medical examiner, performed the vast majority of Mississippi's autopsies, while his friend Dr. West, a local dentist, pitched himself as a forensic jack-of-all-trades. Together they became the go-to experts for prosecutors and helped put countless Mississippians in prison. But then some of those convictions began to fall apart.


Here, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington tell the haunting story of how the courts and Mississippi's death investigation system—a relic of the Jim Crow era—failed to deliver justice for its citizens. The authors argue that bad forensics, structural racism, and institutional failures are at fault, raising sobering questions about our ability and willingness to address these crucial issues.

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subject_facet Brewer, Kennedy -- Trials, litigation, etc
Brooks, Levon, -- 1959- -- Trials, litigation, etc
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Mississippi
Hayne, Steven -- (Forensic pathologist)
Judicial error -- Mississippi
Trials (Murder) -- Mississippi
Trials (Rape) -- Mississippi
West, Michael -- (Dentist)
title_display The cadaver king and the country dentist : a true story of injustice in the American South
title_full 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 / Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington
title_short The cadaver king and the country dentist :
title_sub A True Story of Injustice in the American South
topic_facet Brewer, Kennedy
Brooks, Levon
Criminal justice, Administration of
Hayne, Steven
History
Judicial error
Nonfiction
Science
Sociology
Trials (Murder)
Trials (Rape)
Trials, litigation, etc
True Crime
West, Michael