Being the first ever true crime book I have ever read I was very surprised as to how quickly I got through it. I was pleasently surprised by this account of Judge Larry Seidlin's story and was quickly turning the pages to see how things would progress.
Anna Nicole Smith was a very well known actress, model and a former U.S playmate. It was suspected that Anna died from a drug overdose while on vacation in the Bahamas and she had also just given birth to her daughter. Her body was to be kept in Florida while it was finalised as to where she would be laid to rest. All the while her body was decomposing in the morgue.
This is when Larry Seidlin took the case along with a large number of lawyers, so then the trial could begin, lasting six days.
Many discoveries where made throughout the trial including Anna's own mother predicting that her daughter would die, information was gained as to her lawyer, a Mr Howard K Stern taking a bag containing drugs into the hospital for her while she was pregnant and also two people claiming they where the father to her newly born child.
Questions where raised about the death of Anna's son Daniel, who died a few months prior due to a overdose of Metadone even though he was not a drug user. Is it a coinsadence that both Anna and her son both died from a suspected drug overdose or was it something else completely, was it manslaughter? Anna was devastated by the loss of her son and Larry Seidlin believed that if Anna was not pregnant at the time of his passing, she may have died from a broken heart from her loss.
Throughout the six day trial Judge Larry Seidlin talks about how celebrities get addicted to drugs perscribed to them, the role in which the people who help them get what they need to keep there habit going and what they may have done that lead to the death of that person.
Evidence that is presented throughout the trial makes me agree with the opinion of the judge in this case. The similarities in the deaths of Anna and her son and also that of the late Micheal Jackson are presented.
It was requested by both possible fathers of Anna's daughter Dannielynn, that DNA test should be done to reveal the truth of her parentage. The tests revealed that Larry Birkhead was her father and therefore was awarded the title of being her legal guardian. He was adament that this was the case and even stated it saying "I hate to be the who told you this but: I told you so, I'm the father."
Larry Seidlin is now retired and this was his first book in which he wrote. He used information in which he gained throughout his three year investagation along with eye witness accounts, confidential files and trial transcrips in his findings for this book.
To be completely honest with you I am not usually interested in stories about drugs and celebrities but when I was recommended this book I thought I would give it a go anyway. I love reading true stories and was relieved to be reading something that was real and not just made up like what i always read. The view taken on by that of Larry Seidlin was one that had me not wanting to put this book down. It is always interesting to find out the truth behind the goings on in the world and this has now got me wanting to venture further into the true crime books that has been released to date. It is amazing what people see when in a position like Larry Seidlin and i am very glad that he took this opportunity to put it down on paper and share it with us all.