THE TRIALS OF DR. COPPOLINO

Author: Holmes (Paul)
Year: 1968
Publisher: The New American Library
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: Vg+
Price: 7.00
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Hardback. Dr. Carl Coppolino, an anesthesiologist, who had frequently used hypnosis as an adjunct to his specialty, was accused of murdering his wife, Dr. Carmela Coppolino (August 28, 1965), and his neighbor Lt. Col. William Farber (July 30, 1963). The prosecution claimed that Coppolino injected his victims with a curare-like substance called succinylcholine chloride, which at the time was undetectable due to limited forensic technology. Defence lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, who had just won Sam Sheppard an acquittal in November 1966, successfully defended Coppolino in the New Jersey case over the death of Lt. Col. William Farber in December 1966. However, Coppolino was convicted of murdering his wife in Florida. He was paroled after serving 12 years of his sentence. The author attended the two trials of Coppolino and became acquainted with most of the principals in these trials. He regarded the first trial, in which Dr. Coppolino was acquitted of the murder of the husband of his mistress, as a sort of bizarre throwback to prosecution for witchcraft, and the second trial, in which Coppolino was convicted of murdering his wife, as unconvincing due to the flimsy nature of the state's evidence in support of its theory, that Mrs Carmela Coppoliono was killed by an injection of a paralysing drug. With Epilogue and Index. 305pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate, plus that of previous owner which states 'Criminal Cause Celebre from the Collection of Robert Starr Loesenstein'. V. lightly browned edges o/w Vg+. No dw.

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