The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science / Douglas Starr
Call Number: Circulating Collection KJV131 .V33 S73 2010
Publication Date: 2010
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. Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist, revolutionized forensic science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology, which let to Vacher’s capture. The case was one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling.