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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178219441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782194415
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Antonia Alexander is curently studying medicine.


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The worst book on any subject, fiction or non-fiction, I've ever read (and I go through about two books per week). It wasn't even clear whether it was supposed to be a novel or a true-crime memoir.

If it was a novel then the author hasn't the first idea how to create vivid characters or pacy plot.

If it's a true-crime memoir then it's an insult. The only "evidence" the author offers in support of John Williams being Jack the Ripper is that he may have treated two of the victims in his capacity as surgeon at the Whitechapel infirmary. Frankly, he sounds like an honest, hard-working doctor who doesn't deserve to have had his post-mortem reputation savaged in this way. As for victim Mary Kelly, her origins and family have NEVER been identified (researchers have been trying to do just that without success for the last thirty years.)

I was astonished to see that this was published by an indie publisher, not a vanity self-publisher. There are even spelling mistakes, repeated phrases and misplaced apostrophes in it. What were the publisher and his editors playing at? Here is an example of the quality of the writing: "I popped a piece of toast in the toaster." It would get burned to a crisp! I would even go so far as to say that the publisher could be prosecuted under the Trades Description Act for flogging sub-standard goods to the public, and the author could be prosecuted for fraud. I might as well write a book claiming my great-grandfather was the love-child of Captain Louis Edward Nolan and Florence Nightingale. Who is to say me nay?
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Anyone considering buying this book should read Jennifer Shelden's article, published in the October 2013 issue of Ripperologist magazine, which exposes this supposed work of non-fiction as a clear fabrication. The article is available here:
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I too was unsure whether this was supposed to be fact or fiction. Whenever I am reviewing a nonfiction book I always turn to the back to see if it has an index and bibliography - this had neither so was a very bad start.

The first couple of chapters left me completely flummoxed as they were about the author going to a hen party drinking too much and meeting someone who she later had a child by and then got married to. Not absolutely sure what this has to do with JTR. We then plough our way through lots of very bad dialogue until we arrive at her grandmother's home in Spain where she is shown an article by some relatively unknown person, about how he read a book and is convinced he now knows who JTR is and so on, you get the idea. Grandmother then produces a locket which is supposed to contain a picture of Sir John Williams who featured in a book by Tony Williams who accused him of being JTR, and was supposed to have belonged to her grandmother.

The rest of The Fifth Victim seems to be entire chunks of William's book interspersed with extracts from Sir John's diaries, which prove absolutely nothing! She has also failed to mention that the book by Tony Williams has been universally discredited and shown to be total nonsense.
Miss Alexander then asks us to believe that Mary Kelly, widely accepted as being JTR's last victim is in fact her great, great, great grandmother without offering a shred of proof to bolster her claim. She shows a remarkable ignorance in the field of research. She quotes from Barnett's statement at the inquest and then says his claims are corroborated by the Star newspaper. Well no actually the newspaper was quoting Barnett so it is hardly surprising the two accounts are going to be similar.
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I read this book a month or so ago after seeing articles on the internet about how it was written by a great granddaughter of Mary Kelly, Jack the Ripper's last victim. I was sceptical to say the least, but thought I would give it a try anyway. The author doesn't even bother to provide any evidence that Mary Kelly was her relative, in fact at the end of the book she changes her tune completely. It wasn't her Mary Kelly after all who was the victim, but a friend who had borrowed her identity! This is a book that used the fact it was written by a relative of the last ripper victim as it's main selling point, and it is a barefaced lie. I had to reread the paragraph several times to check that I had read it correctly! Even the pictures section shows an image of the authors grandmother with the caption "Mary Kelly's granddaughter. who told the story of her grandmother's shocking death". Except it was just revealed that it wasn't her grandmother. So why continue with the deception?

If somebody can lie in interviews, product descriptions and on the blurb of their book, then I don't hold up much hope for the accuracy of the content. The evidence she does provide is sketchy to say the least. The fact Williams was a doctor who MAY have treated some of the victims and who specialised in gynecology does not automatically make him a killer, and there is little other in the way of convincing evidence. Neither does having a failed marriage or having an affair. I haven'd read the book written by Tony Williams that she has supposedly ripped off, but I am curious now just to see all the similarities myself. You also have to wade through chapters of autobiographical rubbish just to get to the filling.
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