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Uncle Jack [Hardcover]

Tony Williams , Humphrey Price
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18 April 2005
* The person identified as the killer of five women in London East End in 1888 has never before been named a suspect in more than a hundred years of intense speculation. * The co-author of the book is the great-great-nephew of the killer, who discovered extraordinary evidence while researching his illustrious ancestor. He did not set out to find Jack the Ripper, and did not want to believe that his great-great-uncle could have been responsible. But the evidence is incontrovertible. * The killer was a very eminent man in his field, and naming him will cause huge shockwaves in the places where he is still venerated. * No one has ever been able to find any evidence linking any of the suspects to the victims. This book puts forward clear evidence connecting the killer to three of the five victims, and circumstantial evidence connecting him to the other two. * Patricia Cornwell's international bestseller PORTRAIT OF A KILLER may have established that artist Walter Sickert wrote incriminating letters, but all other authorities (including the police) have always believed that the letters were a hoax and were not written by the killer. * The authors prove that their suspect was in Whitechapel at the same time as the crimes were committed, and had the knowledge and skills which the nature of the murders required. * For the first time, the book presents a consistent and plausible explanation for every aspect of the case, meeting all the key criteria of method, motive and opportunity. It also explains why the murders stopped as suddenly as they started. * The authors have even discovered what they believe to be the murder weapon. Further forensic testing may be able to establish this beyond any reasonable doubt.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First edition (18 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752867083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752867083
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...this is a fascinating and convincing solution to one of history's most blood-curdling crimes.' (SUNDAY EXPRESS )

About the Author

Tony Williams is the author of three books: Island Dreams, about the time he took his wife and three children to live on a remote island in the South Pacific; The Forgotten People, about the Mandan Indians of North Dakota, and the legend of their relationship to a twelfth-century Welsh prince; and Black Pearls, in which Tony returned to the South Seas to live among the Polynesian people. Tony was born in South Wales, where he lives today Humphrey Price has worked in publishing in Britain and the United States for over twenty years. He lives with his son in London.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lies and nothing but lies 30 April 2009
We all know that Jack the Ripper is big business. Unfortunately it also seems to have become a big moneymaking scam for the con artist and fraud as well.

At the 2005 Jack the Ripper conference in Brighton this book "Uncle Jack" came under investigation by Jennifer Pegg. What she discovered was nothing new, but the extent of the fraud sent ripples through the Ripperologist world.

A summary of Jennifer Pegg's findings can be found in Ripper Notes issue number 24 "Death in London's East End" pages 12 to 22 - Ripper Notes: Death in London's East End.

Jennifer Pegg (like many ripperologist) decided to do her own research on the theory presented in this book, and her findings were shocking. Much of Williams and Price's evidence lies within the rumour and several altered documents, and so-called word of mouth family stories.

Author Tony Williams is apparently the first cousin five times removed of the so-called suspect, Sir John Williams obstetrician to the Royal family and founder of the National Library of Wales. Mr. Williams claims his distance relationship as an inside track to the man he states is Jack the Ripper.

In order to prove his Williams thesis uses several documents (or should that be miss-uses). It is suggested that Sir John first met MaryAnn (Polly) Nichols three years before he murdered her when he performed an alleged abortion. They claim to have found an entry for Polly Nichols in a notebook belonging to Sir John in the library that he founded. This entry is reproduced in their book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uncle is not Jack 9 Aug 2005
I have read a variety of books on the Ripper and so was keen to read this when it was released. How disappointed I was when I did spend my money on it. The book for me came nowhere near convincing me that this "suspect" was the Ripper. All of the evidence is circumstancial in the extreme, and there really is not much evidence anyway.
The author is clearly a good writer, proud of his relative and his heritage. He also obviously knows how to do good research and spent a lot of time on this. However, to me this book is more of a biography of his uncle with the Ripper theory added as a good selling point. The sections on Williams's career bored me, though I dare say would be of great interest to those who like medical history and to a degree Welsh history. However, for those of you who want to read about the Ripper, his victims and a good argument for who he might be, prepare to be disappointed.
The author could not even establish conclusively, for instance, that Williams was definatly in Whitechapel at the right time. He provides evidence that fits his theory but really ignores established and professional opinion on the type of person the Ripper was etc. Very little attention is given to the victims or the actual crimes come to that. To me this means that the possibility that William's was the murdered cannot have been examined properly.
All in all, if you just like reading speculation about the Ripper's identity this book is for you. However, if you want to learn anything about the events in Whitechapel in 1888 or get close to the real identity of the Ripper thenthis book is probably not for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Answers Here! 24 Aug 2005
By Erasmus
For years I have been enthralled by the case of The Ripper and so I was only too happy to pay the hardback price for Uncle Jack. I expected the book to provide me with the long sought after answer to that greatest of all crime mysteries. Alas, I was sorely disappointed by the book which failed to live up to the hype or the price. Uncle Jack is reasonably well written and researched, but is not an analysis of the Ripper murders or of the suspect. Instead it is a biography of an obscure Victorian surgeon and therefore not very interesting. The purely circumstantial evidence linking Williams to the crimes lacks any weight and quantum leaps are required to link him to the victims. Conjecture is not enough to create the telling link between criminal and crime and being there at the time does not make him guilty. Sadly that is all that Uncle Jack provides. It is possible that Williams was Jack The Ripper, but based on the evidence of this book, I would place him behind both Francis Tumblety and James Maybrick on my list of possible suspects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Tony Williams has either fooled himself, or he's attempting to fool his readership with this implausible tosh. Either way he's making money from yet another published 'Ripper' work. In large parts the book is laboured, its writing style uninteresting, and its evidence entirely circumstantial. When consideration is given to the fact that primary source documents have been shown to have been tampered with or altered to accomodate this book's basic premise, then any intelligent reader will see this book for what it really is - at best a highly fallible fantasy by the author or at worst a fallacious attempt to deceive an insatiable Ripper-reading public. Avoid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the age of abdominal surgery
Whilst there's only a very slim chance that Tony William's relative was the Ripper, the theory of a highly qualified medical man as the perpetrator is not a bad one at all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dr Bill Utility
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting theory but a laborious read
An interesting theory even if a somewhat laborious read, unnecessarily padded by ancient menus and irrelevant diary entries. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Louisa Howard
2.0 out of 5 stars A house built on straw
Tony Williams is a competent enough writer, but the idea that he has come up with a likely candidate for Jack the Ripper in his distant relative, the eminent Victorian medic Sir... Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by A. Warmington
1.0 out of 5 stars Taking awfulness to a new level
I have read several books on JTR. I have never read such fanciful badly written nonsense. None of it even properly backed up. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Mira
1.0 out of 5 stars Codswallop!
This book is utter nonsense. In a nutshell, it boils down to the fact that the writer's great-uncle was in Whitechapel at the time of the murders, and was a bit of a nutter. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by R W Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book Indeed
Sorry to upset all the naysayers, I have read many, Ripper books and I actually liked this one. Even if the good doctor Sir William was not the actual Ripper it was a bit strange... Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by creature
1.0 out of 5 stars [..]
Once again, a Ripper book that promises to solve the mystery, and dismally fails. The book starts fairly well and the information about the life of John Williams is relatively... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2007 by Indiscriminate Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars some good theories but too many inconsistencies
Authour Tony Williams is related to Sir John Williams, the emminent Victorian Obstetrician. As a relative Tony Williams offers a new angle to the Ripper case as he starts his... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2006 by F. Abberline
5.0 out of 5 stars Case Solved
I have studied Jack the Ripper for over 35 years, being a world expert on the subject.

I have read every single book available. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2006 by Papamona
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Solved
I have studied Jack the Ripper for over 35 years, being a world expert on the subject.

I have read every single book available. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2006 by Papamona
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