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The Diary of Jack the Ripper - The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick

The Diary of Jack the Ripper - The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Harrison
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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The pages of The Diary of Jack the Ripper reveal the unimaginable – that over a century ago, the legendary serial killer at work in London’s Whitechapel kept a record of his bestial mutilations of women. The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved drug-taking, womanising, 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence. In this analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text, the rigorous scientific analysis it has endured and reveals startling new information about Maybrick’s shadowy background. All this combines with a chilling confession scratched into a watch, ‘I am Jack. J Maybrick,’ provide powerful justification that Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. The diary itself is reproduced in full, so that you too can judge whether these are the deeply distributing words of Jack the Ripper himself, reaching out from across the abyss of more than a century.

About the Author

Shirley Harrison is the author of "Jack the Ripper: The American Connection."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10681 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (5 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
There have been so many books written over the years, with so many different theories on who was Jack the Ripper, but can this book possibly be the answer to that on going question? One of the most important facts that emerges while reading this chilling account of a madman's diary, is that all the events, killings and locations seem to tie in perfectly with all the relevant known facts about the case. Also intruiging, is the aspect that this book relates to James Maybrick as not only being the Ripper, but also leads us into another famous case of his wife Florence, who was accused and ultimately found guilty of poisening her husband (James) with arsenic. Which then points you in the direction of wanting to read all about Florence, her life with Maybrick, the trial and her inprisonment. Seemingly, this 'diary' seems to have it all, but can any of us really know for certain who was Jack the Ripper? While you may not be totally convinced that Maybrick was in fact the Whitechapel murderer, it is without a shadow of a doubt an engrossing book to read and well worth purchasing. Personally, it is such an interesting account of one mans diabolical behaviour and ultimate self destruction that you will re-read this book many times over. Whether this book is absolute fact or fiction do not miss the opportunity of at least reading this story once.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only for those with an open mind 23 Jan 2004
By A Customer
I really enjoyed this book but then i am one of those people who loves reading anything about Jack the Ripper. I felt there was a lot in here to pursuade you of the possibility this really was Jack's diary. the pictures were a useful addition but i do think there should have been more debate as to whether this really could have been genuine. It felt to me that the author wanted to believe and this clouded the judgement somewhat. All in all though i felt this was an interesting read, opening up a different avenue for debate. I liked the fact that there were pictures of the actual diary that you could read through, along with a transcript for those that struggled witht he old fashioned writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 20 Nov 2013
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Hoax or not this book was a chilling, riveting read. As a fan of true crime, and Ripper stories in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm keeping an open mind as to it's authenticity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it! 25 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Along with the documentary (of the same name) this book is a must for any Ripper "enthusiast". I believe the Diary is real, but see for yourself. Read the undeniable account of James Maybrick, and his life as "Saucy Jack". The book includes a facimile and reprint of the "diary" itself, and ends with two essays debating the authenticity of the diary. Read it, Read It, READ IT! (supposedly it is soon to be made into a major motion picture, starring Anthony Hopkins)
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting to say the least 22 Mar 2014
By mark
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Read with an open mind and this will have you hooked, a great read. Did James Maybrick murder the women in Whitechapel? Is this a genuine confession? We may never know for sure but this does make you wonder....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A believable suspect 10 Dec 2013
By Dknees
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This is an interesting book on a Jack the ripper suspect. One of the more believable stories than some I've read. It's a shame the diary can't be proved 100 per cent but then it hasn't been disproved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff... 5 Sep 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and the different aspects of the riveting narrative. A shame it was an elaborate hoax!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Jack the Ripper therory 27 Aug 2013
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This book is very well researched and throughly convincing as an alternative theory to who Jack the Ripper was, also another introduction to another piece of 19th century history - i.e. the murder/death of James Maybrick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper unmasked.
Although those who continue to make money from the unknown identity of Jack the Ripper would have you believe otherwise, James Maybrick was the Jack the Ripper. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zorro
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book
A very interesting read but owing to the fact that there is no other evidence to back up the theory I don't agree.
Published 9 months ago by Sally J Armitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I find anything about"jack the ripper" fascinating,but I think this book ,although very interesting,could be a hoax. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper.
A fascinating account of who the Ripper could have been. Well worth buying. There are so many different theories as to the identity of JTR>
Published 16 months ago by Mr. N. Womersley
4.0 out of 5 stars jack the ripper diary
Good story I have always thought that the american doctor was the most likely but this makes you think! Very possible.
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by mikep
5.0 out of 5 stars THe genuine article
I read this when it was first published and found it absolutely convincing, even when 'Ripperologists' started screaming fake I was still convinced but doubts had been raised so I... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by John Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading.
this item was bought for my daughter, who enjoyed it ver much,she likes stuff like this, so she was very pleased with it, also the delivery was good and it was in very good... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by Mrs. J. Marsh
1.0 out of 5 stars It's been proven as a hoax!
An interesting story - but one that is better suited to a novel.

So many people see this as "fact" - but the truth is, there really is no history to the diary before its... Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by My ID's Not Government Property
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