- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2428 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1986324699
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: VP Publications an imprint of RJ Parker Publishing (27 Mar. 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C9DJQVP
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I know very little about Jack the Ripper and so having a guide to the 333 suspects was fascinating. I have only seen the kindle version but around 60% of the book concerns a brief summary about each suspect. The author categorises them into chapters , but it must have been quite a mammoth task to offer brief biography, case against them, who accused them, in what year, how much evidence is there.
There are extensive notes, and the author offers quite an awareness of 'Ripperology' and the different arguments put forward over the decades leading up to the latest Internet Forums debates. It is very readable and informative. The accusations concerning the identity seemed to have got quite wacky with Toulouse- Latrec , Robert Louis Stevenson, Madam Blahavatsky , even finding their way into the 333. Though some of the suspects were criminally insane by just about anyone's standards, interesting to see how Irish Nationalists, Anarchists, Freemasons, Jews, were implicated, reflecting what we would now call 'cultural anxieties' of the day.
Then follows a useful alphabetic list of the suspects. And finally the whole array of end-notes .
I am giving it five stars as couldn't stop reading it once started. Has got me wondering if the book would be even better with a little bit more about how the rise of the illustrated magazines and newspapers, not to mention the 'Penny Dreadfuls' stimulated the speculation concerning the Ripper's identity.
The author neatly breaks them down into categories and explains why they could or could not be the Ripper. I am in awe of the amount of research that has gone into this book.
This is the most comprehensive work concerning Jack the Ripper that I have ever read, and it is very readable. The 333 suspects are whittled down to the bone in an impressive feat of detective work until you can see that your favorite suspect is either eliminated or enters the finals.
If you've ever read a book about Jack the Ripper, you'll want to read this one.
I find it intriguing that in The Rippers letter he uses the phrase “ha ha” and it amazes me that this term is still used today; from over 100 years ago.
This book is very well written and has a lot of detailed information and facts about Jack the Ripper and his victims.
This is must read for Ripper fans.
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