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PORTRAIT OF A KILLER. Jack the Ripper - Case Closed.

Cornwell (Patricia)

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ISBN 10: 0316861596 / ISBN 13: 9780316861595
Published by Little, Brown., 2002
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Hardback, SIGNED. Between August and November 1888 at least 7 women were murdered in Whitechapel. The gruesome nature of their deaths caused panic and fear in the East End of London for months, and gave rise to the sobriquet which was to become shorthand for a serial killer - Jack the Ripper. For over 100yrs. the murders have remained among one of the world's greatest unsolved crimes, and a wealth of theories have been posited which have pointed the finger at royalty, a barber, a doctor, a woman and an artist. Using her formidable range of forensic and technical skills, the author has applied the rigorous discipline of 21st century police investigation to the extant material, and here presents the hard evidence that the perpetrator of the Whitechapel murders was the world famous artist, Walter Sickert. Illus., + Map eps, Bibliog. and Index. Although bought as a New h/b in dw. and SIGNED by the author, the pages have browned over time. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage. Bookseller Inventory # 3399

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Title: PORTRAIT OF A KILLER. Jack the Ripper - Case...

Publisher: Little, Brown.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: signed by author

Edition: First edition.

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Using the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling Dr Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell utilizes the demanding methods of modern forensic investigation to re-examine the evidence in the Jack the Ripper murders. These include state-of-the-art DNA testing on various materials, computer enhancement of watermarks and expert examinations of hand-writing, paper, inks and other relics. She also uses her knowledge of profiling on the possible suspects, as well as consulting experts in the field. On presenting her conclusions to a very senior Metropolitan Police officer she learns that had the investigators of the time been presented with the facts she has unearthed, her suspect would definitely have been arrested and would probably have faced trial. Naming the killer as the artist, Walter Sickert, Cornwell details the reasons and evidence for this conclusion.

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Patricia Cornwell's first novel was published in 1990. Since then she and her creation, Kay Scarpetta, have become household names and she has earned widespread critical acclaim. She has helped to establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine and serves as its Chairman of the Board.

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