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Dr. Leo A. Dal Cortivo

       Forensic Toxicologist

Dr. Leo A. Dal Cortivo was one of the most respected Toxicologists and an expert in forensic science.  Dr. Dal Cortivo served as the Chief Toxicologist and Director of Forensic Science Laboratories in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York from 1960 through 1990. 
Dr. Dal Cortivo served as an expert witness in toxicology for many trial cases.  Most notably, Dr. Dal Cortivo provided expert testimony regarding the “Encrusted Needle” in the Claus Von Bulow appeal trial.  He also authored or co-authored many peer reviewed papers in scientific literature as well as several book chapters.  Dr. Dal Cortivo was also a member of many professional organizations related to his field.
Dr. Dal Cortivo was very passionate about his career in toxicology and loved the study of forensic science.  His dedication to his field lives on through the history of his professionalism and life’s work in toxicology and forensic science. ​


Recent Updates / New Items added to


August 9, 2016:               Three year anniversary of website launch.

August 1, 2016:               Updated the "About This Website" page.

August 9, 2015:               Added youtube video of Dr. Dal Cortivo providing testimony at the Claus von Bulow appeal trial in 1985.  

                                        Two year anniversary of website launch.  


March 29, 2015:              The counter clock was adjusted to reflect visitors to the original and updated website, reflecting all visits to                                         since the orignal inception.

                                        Updated information on the about this website page, in the about Vincent Fusaro section. 

August 11, 2014:             Website revised and updated.  New articles, text, comment about Leo and photos added throughout. 

August 09, 2014:             One Year Anniversary of Website Launch.  

July 4, 2014:                    Added Curare Detected in Jascalevic Murder Trial to Learning Center
                                         Added 1976 N.Y. Times article Testing of Exhumed Bodies to Learning Center
June 28, 2014:                 Added quote from Historian and Author E. J. Wagner to Leo's Biography page.
September 23, 2013:       Added several elements of education and experience to the Biography page.
                                        Added an "Acknowledgements" Section to the "About This Website" page.
August 18, 2013:             Added a comment from Dr. Sigmund Menchel to the Biography page.
August 12, 2013:             Recent Updates/New Items section to Home page.
August 11, 2013:             Quote from Manny Topol (Newsday) added to Dr. Dal Cortivo's Biography page.
August 09, 2013:             Website launched.

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