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Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
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Jun 23, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: historical, non-fiction, reference, 2010-reads
Read from June 16 to 23, 2010

The idea of Jack the Ripper in itself makes for a fascinating read. And while Patricia Cornwell keeps her theory interesting with her hefty research inside the character of Walter Sickert (her supposed culprit of the Jack the Ripper murders), I feel somewhat taken aback by the repetitious "because of the lack of any substantial evidence thereof..." Sure, there are going to be setbacks to a century-old crime, one clearly cannot procure a sample of DNA from a supposed killer who's already been cremated in the mid-1900s. But we needn't be reminded every step of the way.

Most of the conjectures hang in the human psyche as well as the links between Sickert's character and the Ripper. You see patterns emerging between the two characters, and with the amount of proper motive and anger in Sickert, it's hardly surprising that he would be Jack the Ripper.

It was a decent non-fiction historical piece in any case!

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