Real name Patricia Carroll Daniels, crime writer Patricia Cornwell was born on 9 June, 1956. The author of the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series of novels, she has sold over 100 million copies of her books. She is also the writer of the Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer series and many articles and books that support her belief that painter Walter Schert was Jack the Ripper.
Born in Miami and now living in Boston, Patricia had an unhappy childhood with her lawyer father subjecting her to emotional abuse. She worked as a crime reporter for the Charlotte Observer before publishing her debut Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel, Postmortem, in 1990. This book won the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony and Macavity awards.