The Blooding Author:Joseph Wambaugh For the first time, Joseph Wambaugh turns his attention outside the U.S. to deal with two murders in meighboring English Midlands villages-ancient villages that still have whitewashed Tudor cottages, pavements too narrow for passing baby prams, streets barely wide enough for two cars, and churches or pubs as the sites of community life. What in... more »trigues the master of true-crime writing is that out of the sleepin setting grew a landmark case: the first murders solved by genetic fingerprinting.
The victims of the terrifying rape-murders-two 15 year-old girls who do not know each other-have in common one fatal mistake: they choose to walk village footpaths bordering the lands of a psychiatric hospital. Forever after, the names Ten Pound Land and The Black Pad will evoke fear and dread.
The murders occur three years apart, and during all those years the members of the Leicestershire constabulary never give up their search. The local newspapers cooperate by keeping the cases alive. And the families of the victims try to cope with the chaos of their existence.
But the psychopath might never have been caught if a geneticist doing research on DNA at a nearby university had not stumbles upon a discovery: a procedure for mapping human genes-a method of establishing a genetic fingerprint, unique to its bearer, through a drop of blood.
The old and the new, the traditional and the startlingly up-to-date, combine for one of Joseph Wambaugh's most moving and most unusual books, the true story of a cas that has revolutionized moden crime detection.« less