Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed

Author(s): Patricia Cornwell

Non Fiction

Using the firsthand expertise she has gained through writing the bestselling Dr Kay Scarpetta novels, Patricia Cornwell has used the demanding methods of modern forensic investigation to re-examine the contemporaneous 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 has also used 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 learned 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.

In the first edition of this book Patricia Cornwell named the killer as the artist, Walter Sickert. This paperback includes even more evidence for her compelling and credible conclusion.

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'An excellent criminal case-study and a fine account of Victorian life.' Big Issue

'She has brought so much circumstantial evidence to bear that only a genuine posthumous confession by someone else will now be enough to clear Sickert's name.' Daily Mail

'The resultant book is absorbing ... Cornwell has written a great account of the Ripper era.' Time Out

Patricia Cornwell's first novel was published in 1990. Since then she and her creation, Kay Scarpetta, have become household names. She has helped to establish the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine and serves as its Chairman of the Board.

General Fields

  • : 9780751533590
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Sphere
  • : September 2003
  • : 178mm X 108mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 364.1523092
  • : 432
  • : 16pp of b/w
  • : Patricia Cornwell
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition