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Who killed King Tut? : using modern forensics to solve a 3,300-year-old mystery
King, Michael R.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [2004]

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258 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Tutankhamen's tomb : inscrutable, dismaying; Tutankhamen in the sunlight -- An invitation to unravel an ancient riddle -- Egypt : where old paradoxes and new personalities meet, satisfying our itch for history -- Tutankhamen's tomb : triumph over time, chronology of main events -- Considering the first clues : using victimology to establish Tut's lifestyle; Victimology of Tutankhamen; Background information; Our approach to investigative analysis -- It's murder, reasonable suspicion rules out death by accident, suicide or natural causes; Suicide?; Death by natural causes?; By Accident?; Murder? -- Zigzagging across Egypt, soaking up the sun, listening to the experts and collecting clues -- Two cops in a crypt : tracking four main suspects -- Amarna and Minya, Amarna -- Radiographs don't lie : myths and theories about Tutankhamen's demise -- The unusual suspects : Discovery of Horemheb's tomb; Maya; Ankhesenamun; Ay, the Great Manipulator -- Why Ay? : presenting the indictment -- Conclusion : the curse of the Mummy Tut.
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DT87.5 .K525 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this historical whodunit, US law enforcement specialists apply the latest scientific methods to determine whether the young king was murdered and narrow the list of suspects. Illustrations of artifacts, Tut facts, and an Egyptologist's foreword further credibility. Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc.

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Intrigued by the brief life and premature death of young King Tutankhamen, the authors combine modern forensic archaeological evidence, modern forensic techniques, and psychological data to determine whether or not King Tut was actually murdered. After concluding that the young pharaoh did not die of natural causes, they investigate and eliminate each of the likely suspects, until they point the finger at Ay, one of Tut's most trusted advisors. King, a detective, joined forces with an Egyptologist, sifting through a variety of concrete clues while at the same time employing some more speculative criminal-profiling and intelligence-gathering methods. Written in the style\b of a fictional whodunit, this fascinating piece of historical detection will appeal to history buffs, mystery lovers, and true-crime fans. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Harold Bursztajn, MDJoann Fletcher and Egyptologist and Great BritainDon DeNeviRichard S. Boyer and Ernst A. Rodin and Todd C. Grey and R. C. Connolly
Prefacep. 11
Forewordp. 17
Acknowledgmentsp. 23
Introductionp. 25
Chapter 1 Tutankhamen's Tomb: Inscrutable, Dismayingp. 35
Tutankhamen in the Sunlightp. 40
Chapter 2 An Invitation to Unravel an Ancient Riddlep. 47
Chapter 3 Egypt: Where Old Paradoxes and New Personalities Meetp. 61
Satisfying Our Itch for Historyp. 65
Chapter 4 Tutankhamen's Tomb Triumphs over Timep. 71
Chapter 5 Considering the First Clues: Using Victimology to Establish Tut's Lifestylep. 93
Victimology of Tutankhamenp. 96
Background Informationp. 97
Our Approach to Investigative Analysisp. 106
Chapter 6 It's Murder--Reasonable Suspicion Rules Out Death by Suicide, Natural Causes, or Accidentp. 121
Suicide?p. 127
Death by Natural Causes?p. 128
By Accident?p. 130
Murder?p. 132
Chapter 7 Zigzagging Across Egypt--Soaking Up the Sun, Listening to the Experts, and Collecting Cluesp. 137
Chapter 8 Two Cops in a Crypt--Tracking Four Main Suspectsp. 151
Chapter 9 Amarna and Minyap. 159
Amarnap. 160
Chapter 10 Radiographs Don't Lie--Myths and Theories about Tutankhamen's Demisep. 165
Chapter 11 The Unusual Suspectsp. 181
Discovery of Horemheb's Tombp. 182
Mayap. 185
Ankhesenamunp. 188
Ay, "The Great Manipulator"p. 189
Chapter 12 Why Ay? Presenting the Indictmentp. 193
High Court of the Pharaoh of Egypt for the Central District of Thebesp. 198
Conclusion: The Curse of the Mummy Tutp. 205
Bibliographyp. 213
Maps and Chartsp. 219
Ancient Egyptian Temples and Tombsp. 219
The Valley of the Nilep. 220
Tutankhamen's Tombp. 221
Tutankhamen's Family Treep. 222
Some of the Kings and Dynasties of Ancient Egyptp. 223
Chronology of Main Eventsp. 224
The Great Restoration Stela of Tut-Ankh-Amunp. 225
The Skull and Cervical Spine Radiographs of Tutankhamen: A Critical Appraisalp. 229
The Investigative Approach Used in the Death Investigation of King Tutp. 243