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David Klatzow Offers his Opinion on the Forensic Aspects of the Unsolved Mystery of Elisa Lam's Death

Justice DeniedDavid Klatzow, forensic expert and author of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice, was quoted in an article by Marelise van der Merwe for the Daily Maverick about the mysterious death of Elisa Lam in Los Angeles about two years ago.

The investigation of Lam’s death was inconclusive, and the cause of her death was never determined. Van der Merwe looks at some of the murky police work and the issues that surrounds this case. She asked Klatzow for his opinion on the autopsy report.

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Klatzow’s reading of the autopsy was a little more nuanced. He explained that in the absence of further evidence to give context, it was difficult to ascertain exactly what had happened. “It is strange that the cause of death was initially listed as unknown at presumably the first autopsy,” he told Daily Maverick. However, he also said that it was not possible to pin the bruising on trauma, as it was possible that in an advanced state of decomposition, a non-traumatic cause was quite possible.

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