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The number-one New York Times-bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell is known the world over for her brilliant storytelling, the courage of her characters, and the state-of-the-art forensic methods they employ.

In this headline-making new work of nonfiction, Cornwell turns her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise 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. With the masterful intuition into the criminal mind that has informed her novels, Cornwell digs deeper into the case than any detective before her — and reveals the true identity of this elusive madman.

Enlisting the help of forensic experts, Cornwell examines all the physical evidence available: thousands of documents and reports, fingerprints, crime-scene photographs, original etchings and paintings, items of clothing, artists' paraphernalia, and traces of DNA. Her unavoidable conclusion: Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world's finest museums.

Review:

"Can truth be stranger than Cornwell's fiction? Here, the best-selling novelist claims to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper." Library Journal

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"No one depicts the human capability for evil better than Patricia Cornwell." USA Today

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"Cornwell, who spent $6 million (deductible) on her investigation...presents as prime evidence...the fact that Sickert titillated a young mistress by donning a red Ripper scarf at his easel....[I]n her scramble to get down to forensic business, Cornwell gets befuddled herself by first principles." David Cohen, Slate.com

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestseller that detailed Cornwell's use of 21st-century forensic technology to identify the 19th-century murderer. Includes updated material and three 16-page photo inserts.

Synopsis:

Now updated with new material that brings the killer's picture into clearer focus.

In the fall of 1888, all of London was held in the grip of unspeakable terror.  An elusive madman calling himself Jack the Ripper was brutally butchering women in the slums of London’s East End.  Police seemed powerless to stop the killer, who delighted in taunting them and whose crimes were clearly escalating in violence from victim to victim.  And then the Ripper’s violent spree seemingly ended as abruptly as it had begun.  He had struck out of nowhere and then vanished from the scene.  Decades passed, then fifty years, then a hundred, and the Ripper’s bloody sexual crimes became anemic and impotent fodder for puzzles, mystery weekends, crime conventions, and so-called “Ripper Walks” that end with pints of ale in the pubs of Whitechapel.  But to number-one New York Times bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell, the Ripper murders are not cute little mysteries to be transformed into parlor games or movies but rather a series of terrible crimes that no one should get away with, even after death.  Now Cornwell applies her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise to dig deeper into the Ripper case than any detective before her—and reveal the true identity of this fabled Victorian killer.

In Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, Cornwell combines the rigorous discipline of twenty-first century police investigation with forensic techniques undreamed of during the late Victorian era to solve one of the most infamous and difficult serial murder cases in history.  Drawing on unparalleled access to original Ripper evidence, documents, and records, as well as archival, academic, and law-enforcement resources, FBI profilers, and top forensic scientists, Cornwell reveals that Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world’s finest museums: Walter Richard Sickert.

It has been said of Cornwell that no one depicts the human capability for evil better than she.   Adding layer after layer of circumstantial evidence to the physical evidence discovered by modern forensic science and expert minds, Cornwell shows that Sickert, who died peacefully in his bed in 1942, at the age of 81, was not only one of Great Britain’s greatest painters but also a serial killer, a damaged diabolical man driven by megalomania and hate.  She exposes Sickert as the author of the infamous Ripper letters that were written to the Metropolitan Police and the press.  Her detailed analysis of his paintings shows that his art continually depicted his horrific mutilation of his victims, and her examination of this man’s birth defects, the consequent genital surgical interventions, and their effects on his upbringing present a casebook example of how a psychopathic killer is created.

New information and startling revelations detailed in Portrait of a Killer include:

- How a year-long battery of more than 100 DNA tests—on samples drawn by Cornwell’s forensics team in September 2001 from original Ripper letters and Sickert documents—yielded the first shadows of the 75- to 114 year-old genetic evid...

Synopsis:

Now updated with new material that brings the killer's picture into clearer focus

About the Author

Patricia Cornwell's most recent number-one bestsellers include The Last Precinct and Isle of Dogs. Her earlier work includes Postmortem — the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Aventure in a single year — and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the year's best crime novel of 1993. Her fictional chief medical examiner, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, won the 1999 Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author. Cornwell helped establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, the first forensic training facility of its kind in the nation, and serves as the Institute's Chairman of the Board. Visit the Institute's website vifsm.org and Cornwell's own website at patriciacornwell.com.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: MR. NOBODY 1

Chapter Two: THE TOUR 8

Chapter Three: THE UNFORTUNATES 16

Chapter Four: BY SOME PERSON UNKNOWN 31

Chapter Five: A GLORIOUS BOY 41

Chapter Six: WALTER AND THE BOYS 59

Chapter Seven: THE GENTLEMAN SLUMMER 74

Chapter Eight: A BIT OF BROKEN LOOKING GLASS 86

Chapter Nine: THE DARK LANTERN 98

Chapter Ten: MEDICINE OF THE COURTS 107

Chapter Eleven: SUMMER NIGHT 120

Chapter Twelve: THE YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL 130

Chapter Thirteen: HUE AND CRY 141

C O N T E N T S

Chapter Fourteen: CROCHET WORK AND FLOWERS 154

Chapter Fifteen: A PAINTED LETTER 175

Chapter Sixteen: STYGIAN BLACKNESS 193

Chapter Seventeen: THE STREETS UNTIL DAWN 205

Chapter Eighteen: A SHINY BLACK BAG 219

Chapter Nineteen: THESE CHARACTERS ABOUT 229

Chapter Twenty: BEYOND IDENTITY 241

Chapter Twenty-One: A GREAT JOKE 253

Chapter Twenty-Two: BARREN FIELDS AND SLAG-HEAPS 262

Chapter Twenty-Three: THE GUEST BOOK 277

Chapter Twenty-Four: IN A HORSE-BIN 289

Chapter Twenty-Five: THREE KEYS 300

Chapter Twenty-Six: THE DAUGHTERS OF COBDEN 316

Chapter Twenty-Seven: THE DARKEST NIGHT IN THE DAY 331

Chapter Twenty-Eight: FURTHER FROM THE GRAVE 352

BIBLIOGRAPHY 365

INDEX 377

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onlyme212529, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by onlyme212529)
I thought this book was a page turner. There were some very interesting points and very interesting conclusions. Honestly I think Patricia Cornwell is the first author that has come extremely close to figuring out who Jack The Ripper really was,if not nailed it right on the head. After reading this book I can honestly say I believe she has finally figured out Jack the Ripper's true identity. Her case and point was gracefully backed up by valid research(of what is still available) and conclusions that are to factual to ignore. Well done.
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mcm0025, September 2, 2009 (view all comments by mcm0025)
I liked this book, even though I don't agree with the author's conclusion. It is well thought out and presented and very interesting. With all the different theories on Jack the Ripper this one at least makes some sense. It's also a fun read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425192733
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
Publisher:
Berkley
Author:
Corwnell, Patricia
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia
Author:
Cornwell, Patricia D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Serial murders
Subject:
Whitechapel
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Berkley True Crime
Series Volume:
TR-03-20
Publication Date:
20031028
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes photo inserts
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.56x4.27x1.26 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 528 pages Berkley Publishing Group - English 9780425192733 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Can truth be stranger than Cornwell's fiction? Here, the best-selling novelist claims to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper."
"Review" by , "No one depicts the human capability for evil better than Patricia Cornwell."
"Review" by , "Cornwell, who spent $6 million (deductible) on her investigation...presents as prime evidence...the fact that Sickert titillated a young mistress by donning a red Ripper scarf at his easel....[I]n her scramble to get down to forensic business, Cornwell gets befuddled herself by first principles."
"Synopsis" by , The #1 New York Times bestseller that detailed Cornwell's use of 21st-century forensic technology to identify the 19th-century murderer. Includes updated material and three 16-page photo inserts.
"Synopsis" by ,

Now updated with new material that brings the killer's picture into clearer focus.

In the fall of 1888, all of London was held in the grip of unspeakable terror.  An elusive madman calling himself Jack the Ripper was brutally butchering women in the slums of London’s East End.  Police seemed powerless to stop the killer, who delighted in taunting them and whose crimes were clearly escalating in violence from victim to victim.  And then the Ripper’s violent spree seemingly ended as abruptly as it had begun.  He had struck out of nowhere and then vanished from the scene.  Decades passed, then fifty years, then a hundred, and the Ripper’s bloody sexual crimes became anemic and impotent fodder for puzzles, mystery weekends, crime conventions, and so-called “Ripper Walks” that end with pints of ale in the pubs of Whitechapel.  But to number-one New York Times bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell, the Ripper murders are not cute little mysteries to be transformed into parlor games or movies but rather a series of terrible crimes that no one should get away with, even after death.  Now Cornwell applies her trademark skills for meticulous research and scientific expertise to dig deeper into the Ripper case than any detective before her—and reveal the true identity of this fabled Victorian killer.

In Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, Cornwell combines the rigorous discipline of twenty-first century police investigation with forensic techniques undreamed of during the late Victorian era to solve one of the most infamous and difficult serial murder cases in history.  Drawing on unparalleled access to original Ripper evidence, documents, and records, as well as archival, academic, and law-enforcement resources, FBI profilers, and top forensic scientists, Cornwell reveals that Jack the Ripper was none other than a respected painter of his day, an artist now collected by some of the world’s finest museums: Walter Richard Sickert.

It has been said of Cornwell that no one depicts the human capability for evil better than she.   Adding layer after layer of circumstantial evidence to the physical evidence discovered by modern forensic science and expert minds, Cornwell shows that Sickert, who died peacefully in his bed in 1942, at the age of 81, was not only one of Great Britain’s greatest painters but also a serial killer, a damaged diabolical man driven by megalomania and hate.  She exposes Sickert as the author of the infamous Ripper letters that were written to the Metropolitan Police and the press.  Her detailed analysis of his paintings shows that his art continually depicted his horrific mutilation of his victims, and her examination of this man’s birth defects, the consequent genital surgical interventions, and their effects on his upbringing present a casebook example of how a psychopathic killer is created.

New information and startling revelations detailed in Portrait of a Killer include:

- How a year-long battery of more than 100 DNA tests—on samples drawn by Cornwell’s forensics team in September 2001 from original Ripper letters and Sickert documents—yielded the first shadows of the 75- to 114 year-old genetic evid...

"Synopsis" by , Now updated with new material that brings the killer's picture into clearer focus
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