By Katherine Ramsland
A forensics specialist follows the ancient evolution of CSI via a century of serial killers.
“Katherine Ramsland has brilliantly captured the insights and drama of a few attention-grabbing cases” (Dr. Henry Lee) in her past bestselling books. Now she examines the case histories of twelve of the main infamous serial killers of the final 100 years, and solutions the questions: What clues did they go away in the back of? How have been they ultimately stuck? How was once each one twist and switch in their crimes matched via the both compelling guns of technology and logic?
From exploring the 19th century’s earliest investigative instruments to notable twenty-first century CSI advances, The Devil’s Dozen presents a desirable window into the realm of these who kill—and those that devote their lives to bringing them to justice.
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It took him ﬁfteen minutes to strangle to death on the gallows. Afraid of body snatchers who might want to steal his corpse, Holmes had made a request: he wanted no autopsy and he instructed his attorneys to see that he was buried in a cofﬁ n ﬁlled with cement. No stone was erected to mark where it was buried. Holmes’s attorneys turned down an offer of $5,000 for his body and refused to send his brain to Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute, where scientists had hoped to analyze it. So many people who’d rented rooms from Holmes during the fair had actually gone missing that estimates of his victims reached around two hundred; though the toll is unsubstantiated, it is sometimes cited even to this day.
So did they, but they did not let on that he’d soon be extradited for murder charges to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Detective Thomas Crawford arrived with an arrest warrant for both Holmes and Carrie Pitezel, but she alerted them to her missing children. The travelers had split into Detective Frank Geyer, who became famous for tracking Holmes’s victims down. 18 T H E D E V I L’ S D O Z E N small groups to evade detectives and Holmes had taken three of the Pitezel children with him.
He had every intention of murdering the three Pitezel children, so he ensconced them in a hotel until he could ﬁnd a way that would not draw suspicion. After a week, he poisoned the boy and then cut him into pieces small enough to go through the door of a stove he had purchased. He felt no remorse about these acts, only the pleasure he had gained from killing another person. He then took the girls to Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto, where Alice and Nellie met their fate. He claimed that they were the “twentysixth and twenty-seventh” of his victims.