Portrait of A Killer

Portrait of A Killer

Jack the Ripper--case Closed

Book - 2002
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Using the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling 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.
Publisher: New York : Putnam's, 2002.
ISBN: 9780399149320
Characteristics: 387 p. , [48] p. of plates ;,24 cm.


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Oct 01, 2015

She really nailed it. She really uncovered Jack the Ripper, and this book makes clear there was never a more evil, ugly-hearted human on earth.

Mar 22, 2013

very convincing, but then again they all seem to know who did it !

Jan 13, 2012

Very, very disappointing. Cornwell makes an assumption based on little evidence and continues to build her entire case on it! Drivel. Don't waste your time.

Oct 23, 2011

Very disappointing book. Cornwell makes a decent case for Walter Sickert being Jack the Ripper, but the whole book is hampered by extremely poor editing. The result is tedious and confusing.

Sep 16, 2011

worst book on jack the ripper ever! I've read some pretty bad, bizarre, outlandish, even downright goofy accounts of jack but this one takes the prize. after 100+ years, we will never know who the killer's true identity. her DNA 'proof' just added to the already ridiculous pool of misinformation out there. she couldn't even have bothered to do any basic fact-checking about life in london in the 1800s. I will never read cornwell again.

Jun 29, 2010

I found this book really interesting. I've never read any other books about Jack the Ripper so far... The author makes a pretty convincing case against Walter Sickert (the artist). There's almost too many coincidences to overlook. However, it makes sense that the police, in this time period in England, would not have been eager to convict someone in the upper class of society. A penniless pauper could be hanged for petty theft (on very circumstantial evidence) whereas, the uppercrust in society, was given much more than the benefit of the doubt, even when all the evidence is before them.

Dani_106 Oct 23, 2009

I found it too repetative and a little on the boring side. I enjoy her fiction novels much more.

Nov 08, 2007

It seemed like she was just guessing.

Jun 09, 2003

Sometimes it seems that there are crimes that are in fashion that people talk about every so often when a new book comes out. Sometimes it seems that there are crimes that are a flash in the news media pan. And every once in a while there is a crime that transcends time. Jack the Ripper is one of these last cases. And everyone wants to be the one who solves this case! Patricia Cornwell is no different. Yes, she does make a valid point about the suspect, and she backs it up quite nicely with blood samples, partial fingerprints, and written evidence. But it has been a very long time since the murders and eye witnesses were scarce even at the time. At times this book meanders down too many roads and spends time on proving to the reader over and over that she has found her man! I do, however, like the fact that she has the courage to make such a case 120 later.

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