The Killer of Little Shepherds: The Case of the French Ripper and the Birth of Forensic Science (Paperback)Douglas Starr (author)
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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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 21 mm
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