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Hunt For The 60s Ripper Paperback – 13 Jul 2017
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Between 1962 and 1965 (although there may have been another victim in 1959), the bodies of seven murdered prostitutes were found in West London. Initially their bodies were left in The Thames, but then the killer changed M.O slightly and abandoned them outside various commercial premises. One of the biggest manhunts in British history was launched, but despite the arrived of legendary Chief Superintendent John Du Rose, the killer just vanished into the ether.
Robin Jarossi’s book is the best guide to the case I have ever come across. One which examines it in a great deal of detail and with a magnificent amount of empathy.
That last point is important, as Jarossi really does go far out of his way not to portray the victims as just victims, but actual people themselves. That’s particularly hard to do (and thus particularly impressive) as it seems the police at the time, and the press reporting on it, often saw them as nothing more than common prostitutes and not people to be mourned. They were still condemned, even as their deaths were being investigated. But Jarossi does his best – sometimes with only scattered fragments of information to go on – to make them real and not just grainy photos on a police investigation room wall.
Of course, he doesn’t solve the case, but he sets up some interesting theories and dismisses some other theories, and – without a doubt – gives the best oversight to this strangely forgotten case there’s ever been.
This book changed that and I found it a concise work. Well written, clear and very much to the point. A brilliant read and one I will definitely have another go at.
Really well researched and put in terms no one will have problems with.
How far things have come in a few short years, this person wouldn't have got away in the modern age.
Well worth a read.