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Thursday, 4 October 2012
Book of the Moment
Portrait Of A Killer
Jack The Ripper - Case Closed
Genre: True Crime
This book is based upon the Jack The Ripper Murders that took place between August and November 1888.
At the time of the murders no suspect was ever convicted of the crimes and remains one of the greatest unsolved cases the world has ever seen.
Many names fell into the spotlight of possible suspects from police men, doctors even royalty.
Throughout this book Patricia Cornwall uses her formidable range of forensic and technical skills she has required as a crime reporter in her early years, Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia USA and working closely as a volunteer for Richmond Police Department USA to apply the rigorous discipline of 21st century police investigations and the latest in forensic techniques that were unknown to the hard working police of 1888 to present hard evidence to unmask the identity of the man self named Jack The Ripper.
This self financed project was to search for evidence to support her theory that painter Walter Sickert was indeed guilty of 7 known brutal murders of ladies of the night. Although with lack of actual DNA of Sickert or any surviving family member, Cornwell called on a host of experts known to her to analyse finger prints, letters written under the pseudo Jack The Ripper and intense scrutiny of Sickert's artwork.
This novel has gripped me with fascination although not for a weak stomach as the graphic nature of the crimes is laid out bare with descriptions and photographs of actual crime scenes.Also included are the eerie works of art produced by Sickert that mirror many aspects of the murders.
Patricia Cornwell has come under fire from the British art world and certain "Ripperologist" due to the controversial nature of her theory although certain prices of evidence can't be denied.
As Sickert died in 1942 there no longer remains anyone to be held accountable for the tragic murders of Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddows, Mary Kelly and possibly many more...
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