Using the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling Dr Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell has used the demanding methods of modern forensic investigation to re- examine the contemporaneous evidence in the Jack the Ripper murders. These include state-of-the-art DNA testing on various materials, computer enhancement of ...Read MoreUsing the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling Dr Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell has used the demanding methods of modern forensic investigation to re- examine the contemporaneous 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 has also used her knowledge of profiling on the possible suspects, as well as consulting experts in the field. On presenting her conclusions to a very senior Metropolitan Police officer she learned that had the investigators of the time been presented with the facts she has unearthed her suspect would definitely have been arrested and would probably have faced trial. In the first edition of this book Patricia Cornwell named the killer as the artist, Walter Sickert. This paperback includes even more evidence for her compelling and credible conclusion.Read Less
New in new dust jacket. Tight binding with clean text. New. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 387 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. New York Times" bestselling novelist Cornwell is known the world over for her brilliant storytelling. In this headline-making new work of nonfiction, Cornwell turns her trademark skills on one of the most chilling cases of serial murder in the history of crime--the slayings of Jack the Ripper that terrorized 1880s London.
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New in new dust jacket. Retail priced at $27.95. Purchase this copy for $20 discount. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 387 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Jack the Ripper was renowned artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) according to Cornwell, in case anyone hasn't yet heard. The evidence Cornwell accumulates toward that conclusion in this brilliant, personal, gripping is very strong, and will persuade many. In May 2001, Cornwell took a tour of Scotland Yard that interested her in the Ripper case, and in Sickert as a suspect. One of the most famous unsolved serial killer case has been solved, at least to my satisfaction.
One of the best books yet written on Jack the ripper.
Jan 15, 2009
far from a case closed
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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