Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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

The Killer of Little Shepherds was nothing like I was expecting. This was more like two books in one, the story of the serial killer Joesph Vacher and several intelligent individuals who ushered the age of forensic science into existence.

The Killer of Little Shepherds was written from two points of view, the chapters switched between Vasher and his travels to the scientists trying to standardize the birth of forensic science. Later after Vasher was apprehended the two points of view began to merge and were discussed together in the same chapter.

Vasher was a brutal serial killer and as such The Killer of Little Shepherds dose have parts that are gruesome and gory. Yet Starr does an amazing job showing that Vasher was human at times as well. Starr does a wonderful job including parts of Vasher's life that show he was a capable individual able to think coherently and thus know he was committing a crime when he did kill or attack someone.

The writing was smooth, well thought out, researched, and displayed in an easy to follow format.

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