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Jack the Ripper: the Final Solution [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Knight
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4 Oct 2010
Who really was Jack the Ripper? Was he a solitary assassin lurking in the shadows of gaslit London? Or was Jack the Ripper three men: two killers and an accomplice? In this work the author investigates all aspects of this strange case shrouded in mystery and misconception. The discovery of the murders is described by the men who were there, and evidence reveals that the hitherto unsolved Ripper murders were in fact a culmination of a full-scale cover-up organized at the highest level of government.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586046526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586046524
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is all very ingenious." -- "Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen Knight was a journalist and the author of ‘Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution’ and ‘The Killing of Justice Godfrey’. He also wrote a novel, ‘Requiem at Rogano’.

Stephen Knight was the writing name of Swami Puja Debal, a follower of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He died in 1985.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Best Book About The Royal Ripper Theory' 17 Jun 2011
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In spite of what most Ripperologists will tell you (we all have our own fav candidates and aren't slow to tell people about them), the true identity of Jack The Ripper has never definitively been ascertained. Of course, most well-written and researched books about the ripper manage to persuade you that their pet candidate is the real killer but few enthrall, challenge and entertain the reader like this one does. Considering what a dirty world it is we live in (JFK and the Lee Harvey Oswold myth for instance) I feel there is every chance that much of the story told here could be true. Forget about the retraction by Joseph Gorman (or Sickert) of this story - people do a lot of strange things when put under pressure and he may well have simply 'had enough' of the hassle and thought that was the best way to 'make the media circus stop'.

Reading this, Sir William Gull makes for the perfect ripper psychologically. Not only was he a Physician (with extensive medical knowledge) but as a number of chilling recollections from his life prove, he was an avid supporter of vivisection and was capable of extreme acts of cruelty. Throw the spanner of 'Freemasonry', the espionage of a 'secret society' and the ominously convenient association of some of England's most powerful people to Sir William into the pot and you have a thrill a minute read.

We know already that Walter Sickert was a man seemingly obsessed with the ripper murders and we also know what a talented man he was artistically - whether he was also a brilliant (and lucky) story teller is for each of you to decide.

True or not - for those interested in the Whitechapel murders - 'The Final Solution' is a must buy book in my opinion.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As valid as.... 24 Mar 2004
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I absolutely love this book! I re-read it at least once a year. Is it 'The Final Solution' to the Ripper mystery? Probably not. I read somewhere that Stephen Knight himself more or less admitted as much shortly before his untimely death. But until Jack the Ripper is definitively identified, this theory, extreme as it is, is at least as valid as any other. It is shocking to me the way that this book and Stephen Knight himself has been attacked by Ripper "experts" who then go on to present their own unsubstantiated theories as fact - and until proven, they are all just theories, for better or worse. So how can I enjoy this book so much if I am not convinced of its authenticity? Well, it has charm. It tells of romance, escape, a great vision of an artists colony and the atmosphere of a dark and dangerous East End. As a stand-alone story it makes for a great read, and the "Ripperoligists" who so enthusiastically denounce it as damaging should remember it is the popularity of this theory that sparked the imagination of the public and kept their theories profitable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book on the subject 25 Feb 2013
By jevola
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Probably the best book written on the subject ! The mystery is solved at last... I urge everyone to read other books from this author who died too soon... does that have anything to do with what he discovered??? I let you think about it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most plausible that I have read 3 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Final Solution has got to be one of the best if not the best Jack The Ripper book I have read, the book had me gripped from start to finish. In my opinion the evidence which is put forward in this book is a lot more plausible than any i've seen previously, Stephen's book is both we'll researched and well written and gives the reader an incentive to keep on reading.
If nothing else this book is a superb read and a must for anyone who likes a good conspiracy and the theory could well turn out to be "The Final Solution"
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5.0 out of 5 stars If nothing else its a good read 10 May 2000
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Facinating theroy, It'll having you thinking. There are some slightly strangely reached conclusions. I remember when the book first came out the 'establishment' were quick to dismiss it as nonsence, which can only make you think there might be something in it. If nothing else this book is an excellent read.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great as fiction; Poor as fact 14 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first JtR book I bought. It was a very good read and being a novice I totally bought the theory. Now as I have read more on the subject and researched myself I have to say that it is full of errors and is a case of picking and choosing facts and circumstances to go with his theory.
If you are looking for a factual account and a credible theory on the identity of JtR this is not the book for you. This book has been ripped apart piece by piece by other credible authors.
If you are looking for a good read and wish to round out a JtR collection then I would buy this.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper: the Final Solution 14 Dec 2003
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Knight's book attracted a lot of interest when it first appeared in 1976, but has struggled to hold its place among Ripperologists in the years since.
In 1888, the Ripper killings were believed to be the work of a Jew, a Russian, or at least some kind of foreigner, because it was assumed that no Englishman could possibly commit such savage acts. Such a view accorded with the mindset of the era. Nowadays in our politically disenchanted times, the idea that the Ripper killings were the work of a fully fledged government conspiracy
has its attractions.It's a view that accords with our mindset. In that sense, we are as much prisoners of our time and culture as the Victorians were. Both interpretations play to the prejudices of their respective eras.
Let's assume a small group of Whitechapel prostitutes did have scandalous information about a member of the royal family, and liquidating them was considered to be the only option. One might think that any conspiracy would want them disposing of as quietly as possible. These girls were anonymous drabs who could have been killed and dumped in the Thames with scarcely anyone to mourn them, or even notice their passing. But apparently this conspiracy felt it had to leave their bodies on the streets, outrageously mutilated, exposed to the world's scrutiny, thus bringing about and maintaining a tidal wave of public interest. If this was a conspiracy it was a spectacularly foolish one.
Knight's claims that the murders were in accordance with Masonic ritual, obscures the fact that the Ripper wasn't different in his modus operandi to other serial killers. The general pattern of the Ripper murders indicates the author had the same kind of psychological framework as many other serial killers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
I read this book 15 years ago when I lived and worked in the location of the murders. I'm re-reading it just now. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2010 by slinks
1.0 out of 5 stars Serial fantasist's uber-hoax
Knight was aware that this was balderdash and that source, Joseph Gorman, was a Walter Mitty wannabe. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2009 by P. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a Ripperologist!
I have to say that I'm not a ripperologist, just a person who's curious about the Ripper case, I mainly bought the book because I saw the movie 'From Hell'and it had reference to... Read more
Published on 10 May 2009 by Abdulla M. Al Qasim
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book set a new benchmark in the field of Jack the Ripper investigation when it was first published and still leads the field today. Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by classic 1965
1.0 out of 5 stars save your money
Although 'Jack the Ripper: the Final Solution' adds research to J. G. Sickert's story, much of this is inaccurate. Read more
Published on 19 April 2003 by "yalbadaoth"
1.0 out of 5 stars Vulgar Journalism
This book is heavily dependent on Joseph Gorman Sickert's story of Masonic corruption is Victorian London. Read more
Published on 12 April 2003 by "yalbadaoth"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best works on the Ripper
I read this book and found Knight's work excellent and shortly corresponded with him about this case before his death. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2002 by Deborah MacGillivray
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on.
If ever there was a theory that struck true, then this is it.
Stephen Knight has taken all the ingredients, mixed them together and baked a cake that oozes with... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2001
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