The Killer of Little Shepherds The Killer of Little Shepherds is like an episode of CSI: 19th-Century France . As he prowled the countryside, Joseph Vacher preyed on young shepherds,… The Killer of Little Shepherds The Killer of Little Shepherds is like an episode of CSI: 19th-Century France . As he prowled the countryside, Joseph Vacher preyed on young shepherds,… 2010-10-05 Nonfiction True Crime Knopf
Book Review

The Killer of Little Shepherds (2010)

Douglas Starr, The Killer of Little Shepherds | The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr
The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 05, 2010; Writer: Douglas Starr; Genres: Nonfiction, True Crime; Publisher: Knopf

The Killer of Little Shepherds is like an episode of CSI: 19th-Century France. As he prowled the countryside, Joseph Vacher preyed on young shepherds, ultimately slaughtering four times as many people as Jack the Ripper. How the bumbling French authorities finally pieced together the evidence — while learning to study bodies and crime scenes for clues and to compare details about the killings — 
represents, Starr says, nothing less 
 than the birth of forensic science. In gripping, almost novelistic chapters, he alternates between Vacher and Alexandre Lacassagne, the criminologist who helped crack the case. A–

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Originally posted Nov 03, 2010 Published in issue #1128 Nov 12, 2010 Order article reprints
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