Assassination at St. Helena
Copyright 1978

In what could come to be rated for its history-changing implications, the most significant homicide detection story ever written, Dr. Sten Forshufvud, with the assistance of Ben Weider, a Canadian authority on Napoleon, here gives discovered evidence in startling detail on the cause of the Emperor's death.

Use of nuclear science for irradiation of specimens of Napoleon's hair made possible a renewed autopsy. The finding: France's immortal hero had been repeatedly poisoned.

Accepting the test results as irrefutable, with assassination presumed, this work explores the known and obscure passages of history to establish who in the little exile court of trusted followers at Longwood House had motive, opportunity, skill and character to be the poisoner. It is research into a long-ago contest of Bourbons and Bonapartes. Their dangerous prize: the throne of France.

Out of a background of the great names and epic events of the Napoleonic era emerges compelling evidence that a Bourbonist count - a man once severely punished by Napoleon but who had become at St. Helena his most trusted, praised and rewarded attendant - was his executioner.