Unnatural Causes by Richard Shepherd PDF
Unnatural Causes – As the UK’s top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause.
Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right – and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?
From serial killer to natural disaster, ‘perfect murder’ to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.
But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity’s darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn’t flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.
Unnatural Causes gives a sense of the toll that dealing with so many dead bodies takes. It’s a very human book that looks at the cases he has been involved with, from the Hungerford massacre to the murder of Stephen Lawrence – – The Times (Books of the Year, 2018)
One of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Engrossing, a haunting page-turner. A book I could not put down – – The Times
Fabulous . . . The UK’s top pathologist investigating high-profile deaths such as that of Diana, Princess of Wales – – The Sunday Post
Puts the reader at his elbow as he wields the scalpel – – Guardian
Insightful, candid and compassionate – – Observer
Fascinating, gruesome yet engrossing – – Richard and Judy, Daily Express
Heart-wrenchingly honest – – Professor Sue Black, author of All That Remains
Darkly fascinating – – Daily Mirror
Partly an autobiography, but also a love letter to pathology. It’s dignified and graceful and painfully honest about the human and emotional cost of so much time with the dead. Insightful, moving and mesmerising – – Marylebone Journal
About the Author
Richard Shepherd trained as a doctor at St George’s Hospital medical school at Hyde Park Corner, qualifying in 1977 and then completed his postgraduate training as a forensic pathologist in 1987. He immediately joined what was then the elite forensic department at Guy’s Hospital. He has been involved nationally and internationally in the forensic investigation of thousands of deaths from unnatural causes, from headline-making murders to mass natural disasters, and many sudden and unexplained deaths that his investigations showed were from natural causes or due to accidents. His skills and expertise still remain in demand around the world.