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The Killer of Little Shepherds - A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science-logo

The Killer of Little Shepherds - A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

Douglas Starr

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. He eluded authorities for years-until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most renowned criminologist. The two men-intelligent and bold-typified the Belle Époque, a period of immense scientific achievement and fascination with science's promise to reveal the secrets of the human condition. With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts and constructs a map of Vacher's crimes. We follow the tense and exciting events leading to the murderer's arrest. And we witness the twists and turns of the trial, celebrated in its day. In an attempt to disprove Vacher's defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who in the previous decades had revolutionized criminal science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology. Lacassagne's efforts lead to a gripping courtroom denouement. The Killer of Little Shepherds is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told. From the Hardcover edition.

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. He eluded authorities for years-until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most renowned criminologist. The two men-intelligent and bold-typified the Belle Époque, a period of immense scientific achievement and fascination with science's promise to reveal the secrets of the human condition. With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts and constructs a map of Vacher's crimes. We follow the tense and exciting events leading to the murderer's arrest. And we witness the twists and turns of the trial, celebrated in its day. In an attempt to disprove Vacher's defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who in the previous decades had revolutionized criminal science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology. Lacassagne's efforts lead to a gripping courtroom denouement. The Killer of Little Shepherds is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. He eluded authorities for years-until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era's most renowned criminologist. The two men-intelligent and bold-typified the Belle Époque, a period of immense scientific achievement and fascination with science's promise to reveal the secrets of the human condition. With high drama and stunning detail, Douglas Starr revisits Vacher's infamous crime wave, interweaving the story of how Lacassagne and his colleagues were developing forensic science as we know it. We see one of the earliest uses of criminal profiling, as Fourquet painstakingly collects eyewitness accounts and constructs a map of Vacher's crimes. We follow the tense and exciting events leading to the murderer's arrest. And we witness the twists and turns of the trial, celebrated in its day. In an attempt to disprove Vacher's defense by reason of insanity, Fourquet recruits Lacassagne, who in the previous decades had revolutionized criminal science by refining the use of blood-spatter evidence, systematizing the autopsy, and doing groundbreaking research in psychology. Lacassagne's efforts lead to a gripping courtroom denouement. The Killer of Little Shepherds is an important contribution to the history of criminal justice, impressively researched and thrillingly told. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Erik Davies

Length:

12h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:41


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:15


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:27


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:56


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:32


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:09


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:58


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:57


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:52


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:41


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:06


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:11


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:05


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:30


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:22


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:20


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:51


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:23


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:51


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:26


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:25


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:05


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:43


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:36


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:27


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:51


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

00:36