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The Strange Case of the Mad Professor: A True Tale of Endangered Species, Illegal Drugs, and Attempted Murder By Peter Kobel,

  • Title: The Strange Case of the Mad Professor: A True Tale of Endangered Species, Illegal Drugs, and Attempted Murder
  • Author: Peter Kobel
  • ISBN: 9780762773770
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It was one of the biggest scandals in New York University history Professor John Buettner Janusch, chair of the Anthropology Department, was convicted of manufacturing LSD and Quaaludes in his campus laboratory He claimed the drugs were for an animal behavior experiment, but a jury found otherwise B J, as he was known, served three years in prison before being paroled,It was one of the biggest scandals in New York University history Professor John Buettner Janusch, chair of the Anthropology Department, was convicted of manufacturing LSD and Quaaludes in his campus laboratory He claimed the drugs were for an animal behavior experiment, but a jury found otherwise B J, as he was known, served three years in prison before being paroled, emerging to find his life and career in shambles Four years later, he sought revenge by trying to kill the sentencing judge with poisoned Valentine s Day chocolates After pleading guilty to attempted murder, he was sentenced to twenty years in prison, where he died on a hunger strike But before he was infamous, B J was a scientific luminary who taught at Yale and Duke as well as NYU One of the world s foremost authorities on lemurs, our distant primate relatives on the remote island of Madagascar, he brought international attention to these endearing and endangered creatures He had cofounded the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina and inspired a whole generation of scientists to study them and environmentalists to save them and their habitat His trials captured national headlines, but the mad scientist s full story has never been told until now.
    The Strange Case of the Mad Professor A True Tale of Endangered Species Illegal Drugs and Attempted Murder It was one of the biggest scandals in New York University history Professor John Buettner Janusch chair of the Anthropology Department was convicted of manufacturing LSD and Quaaludes in his campus

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    1. A wonderfully fascinating and absorbing tale of what can only be called a mad scientist I checked this book out of my local library after seeing the title in the library catalog I mean, how can you turn down a title like that I had never heard of this case before, but I ll bet it would ve gone viral in today s age.B J, as he is known in the book, was a world renowned physical anthropologist who was known for his work with lemurs He was also a sociopath or a psychopath or a narcissist or maybe al [...]

    2. This journalistic account of the career and crimes of renowned physical anthropologist John Buettner Janusch is fascinating I pursued a Ph.D ultimately never completed the dissertation in the same field in the 1980s and 1990s, attended AAPA conferences, and read academic articles by B J and others referenced and interviewed in this book, so this account was especially interesting to me Kobel s descriptions of the academic back biting that goes on in supposedly genteel universities, his descripti [...]

    3. Interesting case, but somehow just not quite bizarre enough for me Sure, there were lemurs and drugs and attempted murder but at the end of the day it was all pretty mundane.

    4. Not terrible, but almost unreadable to start Too long sentences, commas, ands and buts frustrated me early on The story presented was interesting, but came to no real conclusions Rather than finding the mad professor in all this, clearly the book shows us only an uncommonly terrible person who happened to be considered brilliant by some, extremely ambitious by others, and ruthless by most Disappointing overall, the most interesting aspects of the book are the study of lemurs and the politics of [...]

    5. I m not entirely sure what drew me to this book It was an Kindle deal one day so I purchased it I enjoy non fiction and I m a scientist, I m fascinated by people s bad life decisions and downfalls This was an easy read although I was constantly looking up words the author used, which I like having to do to some degree I really enjoyed it.

    6. fascinating but author kept using flowery words that felt kind of out of place and mostly confused me personally at leastalso stylistically it went back and forth b t maintaining a facade of objectivity and insisting on a version of events

    7. This true crime book tells the story of John Buettner Janusch, a respected professor of anthropology whose life went off the rails in 1979 Up until then, he had been successful in the academic world, even becoming chairman of the Dept of Anthropology at New York University, and founding a lemur colony at Duke But after he lost his grant, his lab tech and the professor in the next lab over started to notice strange goings on in the lab What exactly were his research students synthesizing Why were [...]

    8. I considered this book originally for my psychedelics shelf, but, as there was only circumstanitial evidence the doctor was involved, if at all in manufacturing acid even less for using it a part oof his conviction, for methaquaalone manufacture I can t with honesty place it there Dr Buettner Janusch presents an interesting study however, in sociopathy, and what can happen to people who assume too much of their lives in the competitive games that take place in halls of academia As a study in rev [...]

    9. this book is good, a bit slow in parts and yes these men are very educated it does go on a bit to much about where they studied and so forth but all in all i dont believe in keeping animals out of their elements and in cages , but do applause the professor for his love of animals to read.i thinks theres too much of this person of yale, cambridge etc inthe book the book was very knowledgable and interesting to read i do feel BJ did do well at his job and loved his lemars and wanted the best for [...]

    10. I received a copy to this book through giveaway.I was looking forward to reading this book and enjoyed it From the notations at the end, you can see how much research when into putting the story together B J was certainly a Brilliant but Flawed individual The book follows briefly through his childhood and then on to a life that seemed to always have some kind of hidden back story More going on in it than met the eye And as he gathered a reputation with lemurs and their research, he also seemed t [...]

    11. Interesting readtely a strange case I don t read a huge amount of nonfiction but have been reading lately than usual I liked that the author wrote this in a fairly casual, almost conversational style, especially when it came to the bit about the trial I get really bored with a lot of courtroom procedural stuff There were a lot of secondary and tertiary characters to keep track of and two of them had the same last name so it got a bit hard to keep track of at some points and there were parts whe [...]

    12. Fun read though air seems like the author is jazzing up a shorter story In any case just bizarre case It would be neat to learn about how this all came about The key that BJ s wife dies and he loses it seems a bit to clean

    13. This is a crazy true story B J as he s called, was definitely a sociopath The author did a great job researching this topic I did not like the way the book flowed.

    14. For some reason, I just didn t care Maybe I read it in the wrong head space, but it didn t hold my interest.

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