The Devil's Dozen: How Cutting-Edge Forensics Took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers

The Devil's Dozen: How Cutting-Edge Forensics Took Down 12 Notorious Serial Killers

Katherine Ramsland

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0425226034

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A forensics expert follows the historic evolution of CSI through a century of serial killers.

"Katherine Ramsland has brilliantly captured the insights and drama of some fascinating cases" (Dr. Henry Lee) in her previous bestselling books. Now she examines the case histories of twelve of the most notorious serial killers of the last one hundred years, and answers the questions: What clues did they leave behind? How were they eventually caught? How was each twist and turn of their crimes matched by the equally compelling weapons of science and logic?

From exploring the nineteenth century's earliest investigative tools to remarkable twenty-first century CSI advances, The Devil's Dozen provides a fascinating window into the world of those who kill-and those who dedicate their lives to bringing them to justice.

Private Eyes (Alex Delaware, Book 6)

Feuding, Conflict and Banditry in Nineteenth-Century Corsica

The Balloon Man (Kelling & Bittersohn, Book 12)

The Death Pictures (The TV Detective, Book 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

little girl is to cellar and into water.” Then a letter arrived, written in pencil, which appeared to be a death threat: “Mrs. Budd,” it said. “Your child is going to a funeral. I still got her. HOWARD.” It had been mailed on Wednesday from the Madison Square Station in New York. Thereafter, the Budds were flooded with anonymous calls and letters—some kind, and some nasty—as were the police at the Twentieth Street Station. One lead sent Edward Budd with detectives to Long Island to view a man

information that moved the investigation closer to resolution. As detectives questioned Janina’s parents, they learned that her sister, fourteen-year-old Aniela, had also been murdered. Two years earlier in Warsaw, Aniela was attacked in a similar manner. These grieving parents had lost both daughters to murder, and it seemed impossible that the killings were unrelated. 89 K AT H E R IN E R A M S L A N D The police knew they would have to check out all family acquaintances, because the

denied everything, but interrogators kept him for several days, believing that a guilty man would inevitably confess. They beat him, so he finally told them what they wanted to hear. He confessed to all seven murders, and added four more to his list. Yuri seemed a viable suspect, because he had a mental disorder and he used public transportation, as did many of the victims. At the time, there was little understanding of the psychology of false confessions. 136 T H E D E V I L’ S D O Z E N

was cautious, of average intelligence, and verbally persuasive. He traveled on public transportation and probably lived with either his mother or a wife. He might be a former psychiatric patient, or a substance abuser, and he might have some knowledge of anatomy and skill with a knife. 139 K AT H E R IN E R A M S L A N D One undercover officer spotted an older man in the Rostov bus station, speaking with a female adolescent, and when she got on her bus, noticed him sit next to another young

was cautious, of average intelligence, and verbally persuasive. He traveled on public transportation and probably lived with either his mother or a wife. He might be a former psychiatric patient, or a substance abuser, and he might have some knowledge of anatomy and skill with a knife. 139 K AT H E R IN E R A M S L A N D One undercover officer spotted an older man in the Rostov bus station, speaking with a female adolescent, and when she got on her bus, noticed him sit next to another young

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