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The Brain Defense - Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America's Courtrooms

Kevin Davis

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Called "the best kind of nonfiction" by Michael Connelly, this riveting new book combines true crime, brain science, and courtroom drama. In 1991, the police were called to East 72nd St. in Manhattan, where a woman's body had fallen from a twelfth-story window. The woman's husband, Herbert Weinstein, soon confessed to having hit and strangled his wife after an argument, then dropping her body out of their apartment window to make it look like a suicide. The 65-year-old Weinstein, a quiet, unassuming retired advertising executive, had no criminal record, no history of violent behavior-not even a short temper. How, then, to explain this horrific act? Journalist Kevin Davis uses the perplexing story of the Weinstein murder to present a riveting, deeply researched exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice. Shortly after Weinstein was arrested, an MRI revealed a cyst the size of an orange on his brain's frontal lobe, the part of the brain that governs judgment and impulse control. Weinstein's lawyer seized on that discovery, arguing that the cyst had impaired Weinstein's judgment and that he should not be held criminally responsible for the murder. It was the first case in the United States in which a judge allowed a scan showing a defendant's brain activity to be admitted as evidence to support a claim of innocence. The Weinstein case marked the dawn of a new era in America's courtrooms, raising complex and often troubling questions about how we define responsibility and free will, how we view the purpose of punishment, and how strongly we are willing to bring scientific evidence to bear on moral questions. Davis brings to light not only the intricacies of the Weinstein case but also the broader history linking brain injuries and aberrant behavior, from the bizarre stories of Phineas Gage and Charles Whitman, perpetrator of the 1966 Texas Tower massacre, to the role that brain damage may play in violence carried out by football players and troubled veterans of America's twenty-first

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jim Frangione

Length:

9h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:24


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:48


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:48


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:16


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:19


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:36


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:30


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:45


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:58


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:30


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:19


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:14


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:32


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:14


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

00:35