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The Blooding - Joseph Wambaugh

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Author: Joseph Wambaugh / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      10.11.2007 03:04

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      I would personaly like to add the fact that is not true to fact as is said before at all I am the younger sister of Lynda that he is talking about and I know that 90% of the facts he refers to are not true. I would advise not to read and help make sure the true criminal stays in jail!!!!

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      21.02.2001 01:51
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      Incredible as it may seem, 'genetic fingerprinting',which we now take very much for granted as a major weapon in the armoury of police forces worldwide, was not discovered until 1984 - and then, almost by accident! Joseph Wambaugh's book "The Blooding" is the true story of it's first use in a criminal investigation. For those who know little about the techniques involved,'genetic fingerprinting', in its crime - fighting context, involves the recovery of often minute amounts of DNA from the evidence left at crime scenes (blood, semen, mucus etc). These can then be compared to samples taken from suspects, providing almost conclusive evidence of their guilt or innocence. The technique was first used to help police in Leicestershire investigate the tragic murders of two teenage girls - the Narborough Murders. American author Joseph Wambaugh - known both for true crime and fiction writing - actually moved to Leicestershire while writing his book. This marriage between the U.S.A and rural middle England is one that sometimes does not feel entirely comfortable to the reader, since Wambaugh often seems to misunderstand both the local dialect and the age old customs of English village life. Yet, apart from that small criticsm, Wambaugh has produced a powerful and fascinating account of all aspects of the case. He has done his research well. Equally adept at handling both the scientific evidence and the portrayal of those involved as 'real people', the end result is a book which maintains the readers interest from start to finish. Wambaugh excels in building characters - whether those are the victims, the victims families, the villagers, the investigating officers or, eventually, the murderer himself. It does not spoil the plot to tell you that local resident Colin Pitchfork was eventually found guilty of both murders - nor does it give way too much to tell you how his arrest came about. For the fi
      rst time in history, a police force organised a mass 'Blooding', taking blood samples from every male in the vincinity, in a given age range, which was later compared to evidence recovered from the crime scene. Pitchfork managed to avoid this by persuading a friend to take the test for him. However, the friend was somewhat indiscreet and his conversation in a pub was overheard by a member of the public who reported it to the police. The rest, as they say, is history. Yet, besides describing the ongoing investigation of the appalling crimes, there is also another, equally relevant thread which runs through the book. This is the story of another local youth who actually confessed to committing both murders and was later proved innocent beyond doubt. In addition, the author provides the reader with an interesting (although brief) insight into the work of geneticist Alec Jeffreys, who actually discovered the technique. Wambaugh's writing is very 'readable', since he writes in terms that even the least scientifically - minded reader can understand. In the light of the subject matter of this book, there are inevitably details which some readers may find disturbing. Yet, on the whole, Wambaugh handles his story sensitively and with a great deal of respect to the victims and their families. There are no gruesome crime scene photographs - in fact no photographs at all - included in the book. The end result is an intelligently written,interesting and compelling 'documentary' of an important milestone in criminal investigation, which has carved it's own niche into the true-crime genre. "The Blooding" - Joseph Wambaugh - Bantam Press ISBN 0593 01704 8 (n.b. price quoted refers to the hardback edition)

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      The true story of the Narborough Murders - the first in the world to be solved using genetic fingerprinting.