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- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
It lacks an index...something of a minus in my mind...but it is exceptionally well referenced...a plus...
But...this book is a quite remarkable re-examination of two of the killings which are often regarded as nothing more than mutually unconnected precursors to the "real" events which followed. The author presents evidence some solid, some implied but undoubtedly convincing, to suggest that not only may the Smith and Tabram murders be mutually connected, (they've certainly a good deal more in common than has previously been believed), but there are clear links through to at least the Nicholls and Chapman murders, and possibly further too...
There are villains to be encountered in this tale as well as victims...some in the most surprising of places...but this isn't a suspect book - nor just an exposé on the cesspool that was the late victorian East End. It's a fascinating lesson in how to assemble the limited evidence, tease out the research and finally draw conclusions from it.
I don't want this to act as a spoiler for any potential reader, so I'll not go into more detail, but suffice it to say that in my humble view this book ought to be required reading for any student of the Whitechapel Murders...any student of real crime for that matter.
So that dilemma? Well anybody who can write so engagingly, make learning such a pleasure, and who can persuade one to escape long-held preconceptions and re-evaluate these early cases with a fresh eye has to have a five, don't they...it's a great book, and frankly I can't wait for the magnum opus the author implies is yet to come...
In all, one of less than a handful of Ripper books that I would call indispensable. If you think you already know a great deal about the world in which the murders took place, this may be one book that opens up a whole new world for you, and it is to be hoped that it is not the author's last word on the subject.
One caveat: the title suggests that bank holidays might be in some way highly significant or telling. This is one aspect that simply disappears from view about halfway through the book. But nevertheless, a superb work.
Once again Tom does not disappoint and shows why he is one of the top Ripperologists out there. Out the window with crazy theories of some other authors, Tom uses pure deduction, logic and reasoning to come to his conclusions.
This book made me stand back and see the Jack the Ripper case in an entirely new light and a new angel. In Ripperology this is a hard thing to do, with lots of misinformation and preconceptions that are already in place and burned into the public psyche when one thinks of Jack the Ripper.
Tom also reminds us all, that the characters and people of Whitechapel can be far more interesting, ruthless and hold a lot more secrets that the infamous murderer himself.
Highly recommended and a must read for any interest in Jack the Ripper and wants to study the case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clear reasoning building on established facts,no fantastical theories or conjecture but well researched and presented inferences to spark debate and new perspectives.Published 1 day ago by Nick
I loved it! This is a subject I am really interested in & this book joins the dots between the people who were integral to the lives of the Whitechapel victims. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louise Boughton
Very well written and researched. An intriguing look at aspects of the case not generally covered in any depth in other ripper-related books.Published 8 months ago by Djaye
A great deal of research has gone into this book on the Whitechapel Murders. Such a shame it has not been proof-read or edited to correct grammar, syntax, punctuation and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Terry Day
When an author takes the trouble to examine the original sources, his or her work invariably stands out from the crowd. So it is with this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Paul Williams https://twitter.com/PaulECWilliams
It would have been better if he named the identity of Jack the Ripper.Published 10 months ago by Gary B.
Very good & well written book with a few new revelations & opinions regarding the Whitechapel Murders of 1888Published 17 months ago by Jack Flash
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