Steeped in Blood: The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist by David Klatzow

By David Klatzow

Bloody crimes of ardour, political assassinations, sinister poisonings, funding fraud and mass mining mess ups … Dr David Klatzow has noticeable all of it. in the course of his striking twenty-six-year occupation as South Africa’s most desirable self sufficient forensic scientist, he has investigated numerous high-profile and infamous cases.
Steeped in Blood offers gripping money owed of dozens of those issues, together with the notorious deaths of Brett Kebble and Inge Lotz, the Helderberg aeroplane crash and the difficult investigations of the brutal apartheid years. From the Gugulethu Seven and malicious program massacres to the assassination of David Webster, Klatzow’s investigations demonstrate his fierce choice to unveil the reality regardless of overwhelming kingdom obstructions, police bungling and cover-ups. Unfazed by means of controversy and unwilling to simply accept no for a solution, Klatzow’s tenacity, fearlessness and forensic information are used to wonderful impact in those interesting cases.
This publication exposes a hard and sinister global the place the rewards are equalled purely by way of the frustrations, and the place if truth be told constantly elusive. however the fact is offered, and David Klatzow will locate it.

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It was Morrison and Boyd’s Organic Chemistry, and I had to think very carefully before I took the decision to buy it. I was fortunate to become friendly with Harry Fagan, who managed the university bookshop (who, incidentally, had worked in earlier days with Bob Edmonds, the uncle of the girl I subsequently married). Fagan gave me the little bit of help that I needed so badly: he extended credit to me, allowing me to buy the books and pay them off. He was fantastic and never pressurised me. Another man who had a huge influence on my life was Jack Allen, a senior member of the anatomy department.

Maggie was famous for not wearing shoes, and she had thick calluses to prove it. Anthony had a huge beard that had to be swathed in a special type of operating cap during surgery. Their kindness and compassion was boundless. Anthony had the most beautiful italic script, in which he wrote even his clinical notes and prescriptions. I have included a letter he wrote to me to show something of this fine man (see Appendix B). At Charles Johnson I was exposed to medicine in its most idealistic form. The Barkers’ attitude to life can only be described as sublime.

I know very little about my paternal grandparents, except their names – Jonas and Leah. My father did not mention them once in all the years I was growing up, and we never had any contact with them. My father had married out of his faith – my mother was Anglican – and I suspect he was disowned for this decision. Perhaps my grandfather was never even told about the marriage. My paternal grandparents produced four children, of which my father, Cyril, was the eldest. There were also two daughters, René and Gladys, and a younger son, Leonard.

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