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Complete History of Jack the Ripper

Complete History of Jack the Ripper [Kindle Edition]

Philip Sudgen
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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'The book's reputation is well deserved, so you should seize this additional opportunity of acquiring your own copy at a very reasonable price.' -- Fortean Times, August, 2002

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A comprehensive account of London's celebrated East End killer, revised and updated. The murders in London between 1888-91 attributed to Jack the Ripper constitute one of the most mysterious unsolved criminal cases. This story is the result of many years meticulous research. The author reassesses all the evidence and challenges everything we thought we knew about the Victorian serial killer and the vanished East End he terrorized.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1893 KB
  • Print Length: 556 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841193976
  • Publisher: Robinson; 2Rev Ed edition (20 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on the Subject To Date 24 Sep 2010
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I've always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper and of the crimes he committed without really knowing anything of the victims or how many he actually killed ...which to this day is still debatable. Having been brought up on seeing various movies claiming to be the definitive version and all varying widely off the mark as I now know, I wanted a factual account of the events and made this the first book on the subject that I bought (over a year ago now...this is a belated review but allows me to compare it to other books) and it's unquestionably one of the best. The writing is superb and takes you on a mentally stimulating picture of victorian London and of the hardship the residents of the East End had to endure on a daily basis. The facts given about each murder are presented in such a way you will not be able to put the book down - I read the whole thing in two days. Philip Sugden waits until the end to go into who he thinks is the most likely suspect (in his opinion) therefore leaving the rest of the book to present the facts as they should be read allowing the reader to make up his or her own mind. After reading this I think Martha Tabram should be included along with the canonical five and have my own reasons for including her. That's the best thing about this book - everyone will come away with an unbiased opinion of their own based on the facts that this brilliant book places before them. Highly recommended and having bought further books on the subject it remains the most impressive one I've read. It's also one of only a few books that shows a map of the area which you can refer back to; extremely helpful especially when reading about the night of Sept 30th. Read more ›
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 Feb 2005
By S. Lee
If you only ever read one book about the Jack the ripper murders of 1888, make it this one. Even readers that have studied the ripper for years will find new nuggets of information here. Superbly written, it sweeps you along on a tide of facts and theorys, you wont be able to put it down. I can't recommend this book enough, superb.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Tome of Ripperology 30 Nov 2002
Having read several books on Jack the Ripper, I can enthusiastically declare Sugden's volume the best of the lot, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this book is not about "Jack the Ripper" per se, but rather it is about the series of murders in Whitechapel and the ensuing investigation. It is the author's stated goal to present the facts as clearly as can be gleaned from extant police files and press reports of the time (albeit, in the latter case, cautiously and only when information is not available in official form). As other reviewers point out, Sugden is not trying to convince us that his own pet suspect is the Ripper. Whereas most Ripper books begin with a conclusion and are written with the arbitary purpose of convincing us that the author has identified the Ripper, this book actually saves the conclusion to the end. Even that conclusion, however, is not definitive. The author does, in the end, tell us why a certain suspect seems to fit the facts better than other named suspects, but he clearly states that there is no definitive proof as to whether or not that suspect was Jack, and he by no means accuses the man of the crimes. In the same vein, Sugden does not attack other writers in the field. That being said, he does point out flaws and outright mistakes in others' thinking. Even this, it must be said, is done in a noble fashion. Sugden is very determined to dispel a number of myths that have wrongly influenced Ripperology for many years, and his contribution toward this end is the most important contribution he makes. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Boss 1 April 2011
Oh Murder! This is one of the finest and well researched books I have ever read. I had a very basic knowledge of the man they call Jack the Ripper, and being 100 pages from the end of the book I can easily say I need not read another. From the introduction I had complete faith that the author had gone the farthest point that you can, even to find out the most smallest of detail. It must of taken up years of his life and to read it I found an absolute joy. I normally get bored with books quite easily but with this I am glad to say was not the case. Don't go for a Ripper book that the author has his own theory to prove, go for one that just tells you the facts that we have. This book will be read again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be better 12 Mar 2003
This is my first Ripper book, and I am not sure I'm going to read any others - this book simply seems to have included all the facts about the murders, the victims, witnesses, etc. and it completely lacks the unfounded speculation which is rumoured to be caracteristic of most other works about the Ripper. The book has been massively researched, and no claims are made without reference(s) to the source(s) used.
If you're seriously interested in studying the Ripper murders this book is a must!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
a well researched book. thought I knew a lot about Jack the ripper but this has opened my eyes to lots of new information. quite a lot to take in. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Scarybint
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced and comprehensive
Wonderful book. Based squarely on fact, police report and eye witness accounts. This book will guide you away from urban myth and take you through each crime looking at actual... Read more
Published 24 days ago by A. Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
it's the only book that Ripperologists will ever need to read. Exhaustive, a first class read.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars the Ripper nailed down.
trumps all the could have been/might have been/must have been type books re JtR by analysing all the available evidence plus considering how many of the misconceptions have arisen,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Heneghan
5.0 out of 5 stars jack
This is an excellent, factual book on everything concerned with Jack the Rippers murders. It carefully tells you what the police records say, and debunks most of the other murder... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nelhelen
5.0 out of 5 stars spooky
loved this book I nly read this book in daylight I love true stories I will buy these kind of books
Published 2 months ago by coli james campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars THE one
This has to be the ultimate - the one definitive book on the Whitechapel Murders against which all the others are measured. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cogidubnus
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
Such a detailed and well researched book. Keeps you reading well into the night. If you are interested in the ripper there is no other book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Geraint W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Ripper book ever!!!
Any reader who is remotely interested in Jack The Ripper will find this book fascinating.
The author leaves no stones unturned in every aspect of one of histories greatest... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ian Etchels
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
An excellent book which deals with all the facts, well researched by author. It is so refreshing to read a book on the subject which doesn't drift off into fantasy.
Published 9 months ago by Michelle Hughes
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