The Killer of Little Shepherds
A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
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Winner of the Gold Dagger Award
A fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation.
At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and murdering twice as many victims as Jack The Ripper. Here, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of the two men who eventually stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most renowned criminologist. In dramatic detail, Starr shows how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. Building to a gripping courtroom denouement, The Killer of Little Shepherds is a riveting contribution to the history of criminal justice.
From Publishers Weekly
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Better Than CSI Miami
Very interesting story of a criminal case that took place over a hundred years ago, when criminal and medical forensics was becoming newly proficient. Well paced and pertinent to today's legal, police and medical issues.
Small quibble--I don't see why the author felt that it was necessary to phonetically spell major new character's names-- in parentheses. It disrupts the flow and basically insults the reader.