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The Killer of Little Shepherds: The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science (Paperback)
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The Killer of Little Shepherds: The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science (Paperback)

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With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr recounts the infamous crime and punishment of Vacher, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues developed forensics as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts, leading to Vacher's arrest. And we see the twists and turns of the celebrated trial: to disprove Vacher's defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who had revolutionized criminal science: refining the use of blood spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy and doing ground-breaking research in psychology. Lacassagne's forensic investigation ranks among the greatest of all time, and its denouement is gripping. An important contribution to the history of medicine and criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told. Douglas Starr is a professor of journalism and co-director of the Science & Medical Journalism Program at Boston University.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9780857201676
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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“A Forensic Masterpiece”

This book goes through the state of policing versus Vacher, The Killer of Little Shepherds, and how those in medico-legal establishment weren't satisfied with the state of affairs.

In this book Alexandre... More

Paperback edition
23rd July 2014
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This is an interesting book that combines the crimes, trial and punishment of a French vagabond named Vacher and the development of the new scientific and investigative techniques of the time, including detailed... More

Paperback edition
12th June 2015
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