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The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

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A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics.

At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years—until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist. The two men—intelligent and bold—typified the Belle poque, a period of immense scientific achievement and fascination with science’s promise to reveal the secrets of the human condition.

With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher’s infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts and constructs a map of Vacher’s crimes. We follow the tense and exciting events leading to the murderer’s arrest. And we witness the twists and turns of the trial, celebrated in its day. In an attempt to disprove Vacher’s defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who in the previous decades had revolutionized criminal science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology. Lacassagne’s efforts lead to a gripping courtroom denouement.

The Killer of Little Shepherds is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told.

Synopsis:

Documents the killing spree of Joseph Vacher on the French countryside at the end of the 19th century, tracing the contributions of prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne to the science of forensics in their shared effort to capture and bring Vacher to justice.

About the Author

Douglas Starr is codirector of the Center for Science and Medical Journalism and a professor of journalism at Boston University. His book Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce won the 1998 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and became a PBS-TV documentary special. A veteran science, medical, and environmental reporter, he has contributed to many national publications, including Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and Time, and has served as a science editor for PBS-TV. He lives near Boston.

Table of Contents

The beast — The professor — First kill — The Institute of Legal Medicine — The vagabond — Identity — The Oak Woods — The body speaks — The crime in B

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307594587
Subtitle:
A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Starr, Douglas
Author:
Douglas Starr
Subject:
Law : Criminal Procedure
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criminal Procedure
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Murder - Serial Killers
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Crime-General
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
True Crime : General
Subject:
Law : Forensic Science
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20101005
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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