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Fantastic historical account of the Ripper murders,
This review is from: The Complete History of Jack the Ripper (Paperback)
I actually bought this book because of the reviews of fellow customers and those reviews were indeed proved right. A fantastic read that I couldn't put down, even on a sunny holiday in Florida. It tells of the murders attributed to the Ripper as well as those disputed of.
The great thing about the book is that it never presumes to name a suspect as the Ripper, instead weighing up the evidence of all the suspects and doing its best to pronounce them unlikely or likely candidates. It never veers from the facts either and fully investigates other authors' theories of the murders.
The book's greatest asset is the actual series of crimes itself - this stuff could never be made up, especially the stories of the possible sightings of the Ripper. And in conclusion the book left me very frustrated. Not because of its content - it is excellently written - but because the simple fact is, there has never been any definitive evidence that one person was actually the Ripper and we are unlikely to ever be able to pronounce somebody as that man.