University of Leicester scientist lends expertise to new Jack the Ripper book

Posted by er134 at Feb 27, 2017 10:03 AM |
Dr Turi King consulted for Ripper exposé by bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell who talks about her new book in interview filmed during visit to Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 February 2017

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Bestselling crime writer Patricia Cornwell is due to release Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert on 28 February, a comprehensive and intriguing exposé of one of the world’s most chilling cases of serial murder—and the police force that failed to solve it.

In this book, Cornwell has collected never-before-seen archival material - including a rare mortuary photo, personal correspondence and a will with a mysterious autopsy clause.

Cornwell also consulted the expertise of Dr Turi King, Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at the University of Leicester, and applied cutting edge forensic science to open an old crime to new scrutiny.

Dr King said: “Patricia Cornwell is renowned for her meticulous research and interest in cutting edge science. Her very first crime novel, Postmortem, which was published in 1990, made use of the new technique of DNA fingerprinting developed by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys here at the University just a few years earlier. Patricia asked me to provide expertise advice surrounding the sort of DNA testing which could be carried out in this case.

“A number of authors have contacted me over the years to provide expert scientific advice and I think it's great that these authors are clearly committed to ensuring the science is accurate.”

Incorporating material from Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed published in 2002, this new edition has been revised and expanded to include eight new chapters, detailed maps and hundreds of images that bring the sinister case to life.

In October 2016, Cornwell visited the University of Leicester to give a talk as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

During her visit, we asked Patricia about her new book, her thoughts on Ripper’s identity and how today’s advances in science could help provide answers about the case.


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