The Murder of Cleopatra
History's Greatest Cold Case
By Pat Brown
(Prometheus Books, Paperback, 9781616146504, 263pp.)
Publication Date: February 2013
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For more than two thousand years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state that she desperately ended her life with the bite of an asp, as her nemesis - the Roman general Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman emperor - stormed Alexandria. Now, a completely unique interpretation of history is brought to light by world-renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown in her new myth-busting book, "The Murder of Cleopatra."
As host and profiler of "The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra" (Discovery 2005), Brown challenged the long-enduring myth that Cleopatra died via snakebite and that she committed suicide to avoid further humiliation. Using the techniques and methodology of investigative criminal profiling and crime reconstruction, "The Murder of Cleopatra" takes up where the Discovery Channel documentary left off. Brown's findings, borne of scientific method, rigorous inquiry, and deductive reasoning, will be revealed against a historical backdrop of mystery, drama, politics, danger, and romantic intrigue.
The result: a thought-provoking analysis of the amazing woman Cleopatra truly was, a fascinating account of the queen's final desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh.
For four seasons, Brown profiled crimes on the weekly Court TV crime show, "I, Detective". She is the host of the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, "The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra." In the spring of 2006, Brown went inside one of Florida's maximum-security prisons to interview a child murderer for the Discovery Channel series Evil Minds"." In 2010 she profiled a new Jack the Ripper suspect for Investigation Discovery's "Mystery Files." She is the author of "The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers, " "Psychopaths, " and "Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers", and is a contract writer for Crime Library. Brown contributed special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of "Profiler: Season Two" and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's crime classic "Reservoir Dogs".
Since 1996, Brown's organization The Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE) has offered criminal profiling services at no charge to law enforcement and training for detectives. Its latest program, "All Our Children Matter", is dedicated to stopping violence against children through criminal profiling education and proactive training for parents and communities.