The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
Winner of the Gold Dagger AwardA fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and... show more
Winner of the Gold Dagger AwardA fascinating true crime story that details the rise of modern forensics and the development of modern criminal investigation. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher terrorized the French countryside, eluding authorities for years, and murdering twice as many victims as Jack The Ripper. Here, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of the two men who eventually stopped him—prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most renowned criminologist. In dramatic detail, Starr shows how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. Building to a gripping courtroom denouement, The Killer of Little Shepherds is a riveting contribution to the history of criminal justice.
Publish date: November 1st 2011
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, 19th Century
, True Crime
Fascinating look at the crimes of Vacher and the use of forensic science (and the debate about what insanity is). Starr spends equal time on both subjects and doesn't glamorize Vacher which means I never got too nauseated by reading about him and his delusions and violence. I was excited to read tha...
As someone who has been fascinated by the field of forensics for as long as I can remember, I found this book fascinating. It was interesting to see how far we have come in less than 100 years since the occurance of the serial killer discussed in this book. Also, I found it fascinating that this ser...
This book examines the crimes and trial of French serial killer Joseph Vacher during the late 1800s within the larger context of the evolving developments in forensic and psychological analyses of crime. Vacher killed, mutilated and sexually assaulted numerous people both male and female in rural ...