The Devil's Dozen: 12 Notorious Serial Killers Caught by Cutting-Edge Forensics

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What led authorities to the murder castle of H. H. Holmes? What cast a cloud of suspicion over cannibal Albert Fish? What drove Russia's Killer X to confess?
How many victims were actually buried on that Vancouver pig farm?

In The Devil's Dozen, Katherine Ramsland explores the true stories of twelve of the most notorious serial killers of the last century and the cutting-edge forensics that delivered their downfalls. Through their compelling case histories, she traces the fascinating evolution of forensic investigation. What clues did these killers unwittingly leave behind? How were the unpredictable twists and turns of their criminal behavior thwarted by the weapons of science and logic?

From the developing stages of the nineteenth century's earliest investigative tools and ingenious police procedures to the first DNA dragnet to the remarkable twentieth century CSI advances, The Devil's Dozen provides a fascinating window into the world of those who kill?and those who dedicate their lives to bringing them to justice.

 

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Introduction
1
Secrets in Blood
44
Deciphering a Deadly Document
60
The Art Of Darkness
87
First DNA Sweep
112
Lured into the Mirror
133
A Risky Sting
191
The Most Expensive Fingerprint
218
Computer Forensics and a Clever Lie
243
The Brain Never Lies
263
Mass Fatality ID
286
Lessons for Law Enforcement
316
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Praise for the works of Katherine Ramsland

Beating the Devil''s Game

"A great forensic thriller, and once again Katherine Ramsland has brilliantly captured the insights and drama of some fascinating cases."--Dr. Henry Lee


The Human Predator

"If you''re looking for the perfect gift for someone who''s riveted to television shows like C.S.I., you won''t find a better one than Dr. Katherine Ramsland''s The Human Predator. You''ll not only learn about serial murder but also the historical background of forensic science. This book is unique in the field."

--Court TV Crime Library


The C.S.I. Effect

"A fascinating must-read for C.S.I. fans and anyone interested in criminal justice."--Booklist


The Unknown Darkness: Profiling
the Predators Among Us
Coauthored with Gregg O. McCrary


"This is a must-read for true crime fans. A beautifully written expert analysis of high-profile killers."--Ann Rule


"One of the most immensely readable and gripping accounts of serial murder I have ever read."

--Colin Wilson, author of Serial Killers: A Study in the Psychology of Violence

The Forensic Science of C.S.I.

"Fascinating...a must for anyone who wonders how the real crime solvers do it."--Michael Palmer


"With the mind of a true investigator, Ramsland demystifies the world of forensics with authentic and vivid detail."

--John Douglas


Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires
in America Today

"A riveting read, a model of engaged journalism."

--Publishers Weekly

Other Books by Katherine Ramsland

BEATING THE DEVIL''S game:
a HISTORY of FORENSIC SCIENCE AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
THE C.S.I. EFFECT
THE FORENSIC SCIENCE of C.S.I.
True STORIES of C.S.I.
THE Human PREDATOR:
a HISTORICAL CHRONICLE
of SERIAL MURDER AND FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
INSIDE THE MINDS of MASS MURDERERS:
WHY THEY KILL
INSIDE THE MINDS of SERIAL KILLERS:
WHY THEY KILL
INSIDE THE MINDS of HEALTHCARE SERIAL KILLERS:
WHY THEY KILL
a VOICE for THE DEAD
(with James E. Starrs)
THE SCIENCE of COLD CASE FILES
THE unknown DARKNESS:
PROFILING THE PREDATORS
among US (with Gregg McCrary)
THE CRIMINAL MIND:
a WRITER''S GUIDE To FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
PIERCING THE DARKNESS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND DEDICATION

I was pleased to discover that my agent, John Silbersack, and editor, Ginjer Buchanan, spotted the value of this book right away. Having written fuller histories of both serial murder, The Human Predator, and forensic investigation, Beating the Devil''s Game, I had noticed that some of the more inventive improvements to criminal investigation had resulted from cases of serial murder. However, in those books it was difficult to fully explore them. Thus I''m deeply grateful to John and Ginjer, who have supported me through many projects, for sharing my vision and encouraging me to write this.

Along the way, I received information, photos, or enthusiastic assistance from a number of other people. I must especially thank Michelle Mrazik and Debbie Malone from the DeSales University library, and Sharon Brown from the Macon Public Library, for digging out articles that were difficult to find. Dr. Lawrence Farwell provided his full report, and John Timpane went to Philadelphia''s Free Library to get documents on the Holmes case. But then John Borowski and Waterfront Productions created excellent documentaries on both the Holmes and Fish cases, with terrific footage, and that, too, was a great help. Marilyn Bardsley, my former editor at the Crime Library, encouraged me for eight years to pursue research on serial killers, and Gregg McCrary, Robert Ressler, and John Douglas opened the doors to FBI profiling. Sir Alec Jeffreys, Mike Wild, D.A. William Heisler, Detective Joe Pochron, Chief Roger MacLean, and Officer Brian Lewis provided information, interviews, and/or photos to make this a better book. I''m grateful to them all.

I also wish to thank Dr. Karen Walton, the provost at DeSales University, and to acknowledge the generosity of DeSales for providing release time to work on this project.

Mostly, I''m grateful for the persistent, dedicated investigators who go the extra mile to solve cases and bring killers to justice. To them, I dedicate this book. I appreciate their work and am pleased to have the opportunity to showcase it and provide their example to future investigators.

Table of Contents

Praise

Other Books by Katherine Ramsland

Title Page

Copyright Page

Acknowledgements

Introduction


ONE - H. H. HOLMES:Deduction, Determination,and Dogged Persistence

TWO - LUDWIG TESSNOW:Secrets in Blood

THREE - ALBERT FISH:Deciphering a Deadly Document

FOUR - LUCIAN STANIAK:The Art of Darkness

FIVE - COLIN PITCHFORK:First DNA Sweep

SIX - ANDREI CHIKATILO:Lured into the Mirror

SEVEN - JACK UNTERWEGER:Linkage Analysis and the Detective''s Database

EIGHT - HARVEY ROBINSON:A Risky Sting

NINE - RICHARD ROGERS:The Most Expensive Fingerprint

TEN - DENNIS RADER:Computer Forensics and a Clever Lie

ELEVEN - JAMES B. GRINDER:The Brain Never Lies

TWELVE - ROBERT PICKTON:Mass Fatality ID

THIRTEEN - LESSONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT


INTRODUCTION

They know who he is and they''re closing in. After investigating seven gruesome murders that exploited the victims'' weaknesses, intrepid investigators have chased down the killer, ready to corner him . . . or shoot him. Their lives are on the line, because he''s been extremely clever and they can''t be certain if he''ll outsmart them, but their weapons are ready and they pray for the advantage. At least, that''s how it goes in fiction.

Novels and films often play up the supposed excitement of chasing a serial killer, and while such cases are actually rare, in the history of law enforcement some killers have posed such a challenge that they''ve inspired extraordinary efforts or forensic innovations. Thus we have factual tales that do feature suspenseful sparring between genuine villains and heroes. From the detection of arsenic to the analysis of brain patterns, serial murder has been intricately intertwined with investigative invention. Extraordinary killers command extraordinary methods, and so we present twelve tales of killers who have affected the forensic culture. Among the first was a nineteenth-century poisoner from Nuremburg, Germany.

At age forty-nine, Anna Maria Schonleben neé Zwanziger realized she might spend the rest of her life alone, in poverty. Against her will, she had married an alcoholic lawyer twice her age, but he died, leaving her in debt. She stole a valuable ring, which got her banished from her married daughter''s home, and she twice tried but failed to take her own life. It was the early 1800s a

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