Silent Witness

Silent Witness

The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death

Book - 2005
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The former LAPD detective examines medical evidence, legal files, and police records to trace the events surrounding the case of Terri Schiavo, from her near-fatal collapse in 1990 until her death in March, 2005.


We all watched Terri Schiavo die. The controversy around her case dominated the headlines and talk shows, going all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, and the Vatican.

And it's not over yet. Despite her death, the controversy lingers. In Silent Witness, former LAPD detective and New York Times bestselling author Mark Fuhrman applies his highly respected investigative skills to examine the medical evidence, legal case files, and police records. With the complete cooperation of Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings, as well as their medical and legal advisers, he conducts exclusive interviews with forensics experts and crucial witnesses, including friends, family members, and caregivers.

Fuhrman's findings will answer these questions:

  • What was Terri and Michael Schiavo's marriage really like?
  • What happened the day Terri collapsed?
  • What did Michael Schiavo do when he discovered Terri unconscious? How long did he wait before calling 911?
  • What do medical records show about her condition when she was first admitted to the hospital?
  • What will the autopsy say?

The legal issues and ethical questions provoked by Terri Schiavo's extraordinary case may never be resolved. But the facts about her marriage, her condition when she collapsed, and her eventual death fifteen years later can be determined.

With Silent Witness, Fuhrman goes beyond the legal aspects of the case and delves into the broader, human background of Terri Schiavo's short, sad life.

Book News
Ex-cop Fuhrman, with the cooperation of Terri Schiavo's family, builds a case against Michael Schiavo, the husband who decided to let his long-comatose wife die in a medical and legal drama that divided the nation. Fuhrman describes himself as a dispassionate observer with no stake in the conclusions he reaches, but in building several "speculative scenarios" that point to Schiavo's culpability in his wife's falling into a coma in the first place, his investigation appears to come with a built-in agenda: Get Michael Schiavo. Eight pages of family photos appear in color. Appendices reproduce various court documents and a time line of the case; there's no index. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060853372
Branch Call Number: 179.7 FUH
Characteristics: xvi, 255 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Silent witness


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