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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective
Books about Jack the Ripper are as common as whore's in a brothel. However, this one is lifted out of the humdrum and looks at things from a different perspective. This is a biography of Detective Inspector Frederick Abberline who was in charge of the ripper investigation. The book does not only focus on the Ripper investigation but gives a full accounting of Abberline's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An elusive character
Frederick Abberline is well known as a principal in the Ripper murders, but not much is known about the man and detective himself; he's better known in films. This book is an attempt at a biography, and Abberline appears as a decent and hard working copper. We learn about some of his other cases, notably the Cleveland Street scandal and the dynamiters' case. The author...
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by Junius


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Perspective, 10 Aug. 2013
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Wendy Jones "wjones7423" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Books about Jack the Ripper are as common as whore's in a brothel. However, this one is lifted out of the humdrum and looks at things from a different perspective. This is a biography of Detective Inspector Frederick Abberline who was in charge of the ripper investigation. The book does not only focus on the Ripper investigation but gives a full accounting of Abberline's life and work. Not only is this a biography but also an interesting snapshot of life in London in the 1800's. The book is full of interesting facts and this kept me reading. Despite Abberline having tried to keep his life private the author has done a good job of unearthing facts about him. He then draws these together into one very interesting read. The author has a nice writing style which lifts this book from being stuffy and means it is easy to read. If you would like to see the Ripper murders from a different perspective then I am sure you would enjoy this book. Just rmember these murders are not the whole focus of the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An elusive character, 8 Jan. 2013
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Junius (London, Middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Frederick Abberline is well known as a principal in the Ripper murders, but not much is known about the man and detective himself; he's better known in films. This book is an attempt at a biography, and Abberline appears as a decent and hard working copper. We learn about some of his other cases, notably the Cleveland Street scandal and the dynamiters' case. The author analyses the films in which Abberline's character appears and makes some excellent points therein.

Unfortunately there just isn't enough known about Abberline to flesh him out and the author constantly writes 'Nothing is known about...' However, he could have checked his will and checked whether the local press printed an obituary.

There's much recourse to padding and there's quite a few factual errors. The 1841 census wasn't the third in the UK (the fifth, excluding local censuses); the 1757 Militia Act didn't replace that of the ECW, the revocation of the Edict of Nantes was in 1685 not 1689, John DuRose is meant when George DuRose is mentioned and he wasn't of the same generation as Littlechild, et al. The forces of law and order pre Peel weren't all the blunderers of myth (see Emsley's The English Policeman).

It is sensibly written, though, but a few notes about methodology would not have come amiss. Abberline remains an obscure figure, however.
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