Monday, June 18, 2007


This read, Coroner by Thomas T. Noguchi, was an unusual one for me. I found it on a list of autobiographies/biographies compiled by a librarian I work with. I was immediately intrigued and found the book fascinating.

Dr. Noguchi was the Chief Medical Examiner for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He was first employed by the office in 1960 and left in a storm of controversy in the early 1980s. During his tenure he worked on some of the most interesting and mysterious cases, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy, Natalie Wood, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, William Holden, and John Belushi, as well as the fiery demise of several members of the radical SLA group that kidnapped Patty Hearst. This book introduces readers to an extraordinary individual.


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