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on 6 September 2003
To be honest, I was disappointed with this. The documents were presented in an attractive casing and, naturally, I had high hopes for its contents. However, when opened, the contents were of little use and interest. Although its always nice to have source material to hand, I became frustrated with this offering, purely and simply because I COULD NOT READ THE HANDWRITING! This collection of documents would be improved 100% by a typed interpretation copy of each document in the pack. I can't understand why they didn't bother to take the time to do this. Anyway, to all serious 'Ripperologists', nice for the collection and to anyone else, by no means essential.
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on 11 March 2003
This is an excellent collection of documents for anyone interested in the Ripper murders. It gives you good clear copies of key handwritten police reports and witness statements in the Ripper case and also good clear copies of Ripper letters, (colour copy when letter written in coloured ink). It gives everyone a chance to have a proper look at these documents themselves, when making up their own mind about who Jack the Ripper really was. Each document is numbered and there is a brief explanation of each one in the companion booklet, which comes with the documents in a presentation pack. The booklet also gives a brief outline of the history of the case and a complied list of all useful further reading. An excellent collection of key material and well worth having, to complement any reading on this matter.
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on 18 January 2003
Selected by leading 'Ripperologists' Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner from the official Home Office and Metropolitan Police files and published by the Public Record Office in London, this folder gives you the opportunity to handle facsimiles of the key documents in the notorious 'Jack the Ripper' killings of 1888 for yourself. Included are the 'Dear Boss' letter as well as the infamous 'From Hell' letter sent with a piece of human kidney as well as various eye witness statements and other key documents. This is an important milestone in 'Ripper' publishing and not to be missed!
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on 24 August 2003
I did not find the 'pack' very informative or useful at all. While it can be quite exciting to hold copies of key documents, they seemed rather disorganised and did not have(in my opinion) sufficient information to enhance or back up their inclusion in the pack. Although many of the key primary documents have not managed to survive to this day, I feel that someone who wishes to examine the evidence for themselves would benefit more from a trip to the Public Records Offices rather than from buying this item. On a more positive note, the leaflet included does give a good background to the 'Jack the Ripper' cases, with key dates and figures. And the documents help to give a sense of how the police took an active role in attempting to solve the murders. However, I would not recommend this item to serious 'Ripperologists', as it is far too simplistic, and leaves you with the feeling that it is somewhat unfinished.
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