The killer of little shepherds : a true crime story and the by Douglas Starr

By Douglas Starr

With excessive drama and wonderful element, relates the notorious crime and punishment of French serial killer Joseph Vacher, interweaving the tale of ways Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, Emile Fourquet and co-workers constructed forensic technological know-how as we all know it

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Something drew his eye to the right heel and anklebones. They were a darker brown than the bones around them. He cut away the tendons that held the two bones together and examined the inner surfaces of the joint. 15 The ankle could not have articulated very well. The victim probably had limped. Moving forward on the foot, he examined the joint between the bone of the big toe and the metatarsal bone. The end of the metatarsal bone had accrued a bony ridge, which extended clear across the joint and butted into the toe bone.

To their horror, however, when they rifled his pockets, they found that he had left all his money behind somewhere. They needed to get rid of the body, and fast. They trussed it up in a canvas sack, packed it in a trunk, and bought tickets on the next morning’s train to Lyon. Once in Lyon, they spent a night in a rooming house with the body, then rented a horse-drawn carriage to travel into the countryside. They rode about a dozen miles south of the city, then dumped the body on a steep hill leading down to the Rhône River.

Modern burlesque halls opened in Paris, where they featured a lively new dance called the cancan. People could truly aspire to enjoy life, not just endure it. They shopped in the new department stores, bought the new ready-to-wear clothing, and pedaled their new bicycles, which had taken the middle class by storm. Women especially flocked to the bicycle as an independent means of transportation. Posters and full-color newspaper ads—themselves innovations of the era—portrayed new customers as liberated goddesses, flying naked across the heavens on their bikes.

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