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ISBN: 0316725080 / ISBN-13: 9780316725088

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed

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  • Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed (Little, Brown & Company) – Trade paperback (2002)
    by Patricia Cornwell

    Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed

    Trade paperback, Little, Brown & Company
    2002
    384 pages

    ISBN: 0316725080
    ISBN-13: 9780316725088

    Using the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling Dr Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell utilizes the demanding methods of modern forensic investigation to re-examine the evidence in the Jack the Ripper murders. These include state-of-the-art DNA testing on various materials, computer enhancement of watermarks and expert examinations of hand-writing, paper, inks and other relics. She also uses her knowledge of profiling on the possible suspects, as well as consulting experts in the field. On ... Show more

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Reviews of Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed

Overall customer rating: 3.500
shirewood
by shirewood on Apr 23, 2009

One of the best books yet written on Jack the ripper.

b29b

far from a case closed

by b29b on Jan 15, 2009

The Whitechapel murders intrigue us because they were particularly brutal, occured on city streets, and because they remain unsolved. Ms. Cromwell settles on a particular suspect, and links him through DNA evidence and "profiling" to the crimes. (I will not spoil the book by naming her suspect.) In doing so, she chooses to brush quickly past the fact that her supect was out of the country at the time of the crimes. Her DNA evidence is based on certain infamous "ripper letters," although the police at the time, like modern experts, considered all of these letters hoaxes. Her profiling is flawed because much of what she says about her suspect is simply not true. A fascinating case, but there are many better books on the subject.

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