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Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders (Document Pack) Paperback – 1 Jun 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: PRO Publications; Box edition (Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903365392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903365397
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,270,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must for collectors -- Ripperologist

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Between August and November 1888 six prostitutes were found murdered in London's East End. The killer, "Jack the Ripper", was never found. This pack tells the story through exact facsimiles of key documents from the Metropolitan Police and Home Office files held at the Public Record Office. The documents include: the "Dear Boss" letter to the police signed "Jack the Ripper", 25 September 1888 - the first appearance of the famous nickname; Scotland Yard report, 6 November 1888 - includes the text of the Ripper letter sent with a piece of human kidney; witness statement by George Hutchinson, 9 November 1888 - who saw the last victim and a suspect on the night of her murder; and the Macnaghten report, 23 February 1894 - naming three Scotland Yard suspects.

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To be honest, I was disappointed with this. The documents were presented in an attractive casing and, naturally, I had high hopes for its contents. However, when opened, the contents were of little use and interest. Although its always nice to have source material to hand, I became frustrated with this offering, purely and simply because I COULD NOT READ THE HANDWRITING! This collection of documents would be improved 100% by a typed interpretation copy of each document in the pack. I can't understand why they didn't bother to take the time to do this. Anyway, to all serious 'Ripperologists', nice for the collection and to anyone else, by no means essential.
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This is an excellent collection of documents for anyone interested in the Ripper murders. It gives you good clear copies of key handwritten police reports and witness statements in the Ripper case and also good clear copies of Ripper letters, (colour copy when letter written in coloured ink). It gives everyone a chance to have a proper look at these documents themselves, when making up their own mind about who Jack the Ripper really was. Each document is numbered and there is a brief explanation of each one in the companion booklet, which comes with the documents in a presentation pack. The booklet also gives a brief outline of the history of the case and a complied list of all useful further reading. An excellent collection of key material and well worth having, to complement any reading on this matter.
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Selected by leading 'Ripperologists' Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner from the official Home Office and Metropolitan Police files and published by the Public Record Office in London, this folder gives you the opportunity to handle facsimiles of the key documents in the notorious 'Jack the Ripper' killings of 1888 for yourself. Included are the 'Dear Boss' letter as well as the infamous 'From Hell' letter sent with a piece of human kidney as well as various eye witness statements and other key documents. This is an important milestone in 'Ripper' publishing and not to be missed!
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I did not find the 'pack' very informative or useful at all. While it can be quite exciting to hold copies of key documents, they seemed rather disorganised and did not have(in my opinion) sufficient information to enhance or back up their inclusion in the pack. Although many of the key primary documents have not managed to survive to this day, I feel that someone who wishes to examine the evidence for themselves would benefit more from a trip to the Public Records Offices rather than from buying this item. On a more positive note, the leaflet included does give a good background to the 'Jack the Ripper' cases, with key dates and figures. And the documents help to give a sense of how the police took an active role in attempting to solve the murders. However, I would not recommend this item to serious 'Ripperologists', as it is far too simplistic, and leaves you with the feeling that it is somewhat unfinished.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Close to orginals!! 1 Oct. 2003
By C. J. Schoonover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book, but a reproduction of documents from the public Records office in London. For those that are serious about Ripper research, you need to have this. Since many of us will never get the chance to go to London, this will be as close as we get to what is left of Ripper Documents. Evans and Skinner are some of the best Ripper Researchers their are!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for research & study... NOT for collecting or display 26 April 2006
By Deborah K. Dobbins - Published on Amazon.com
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As a big Jack the Ripper-ologist, I was really excited about getting this but when I opened the box, I'm must admit I was a wee bit disappointed.

I got the impression from the item description that these would be "aged" like the declaration of independence and constitution replicas you get in the Washington DC souvenier shops. They are not, and rather on fancy photo type paper instead. Out of the 16 document reproductions, some of the police reports are on a high quality copy paper. Also there are little black circles the size of a hole punch with page numbers in the corners of each document (drat!). These are not display pieces. I feel this was a result of my own false hopes and mis-interpretation of the description... so I won't dock any stars for this.

My only legitimate complaint is that I wish there were more documents in it! Otherwise, this set is really nice for studying handwriting and gathering facts. I'm giving this 4 stars as the collection is an excellent "Saucy Jacky" study piece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 29 Aug. 2008
By Michael Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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A "must have" for any Ripperologist, this packet of documents takes you back to 1888. From newspaper articles to the alleged letters from the Ripper himself, these documents are fascinating to read and well worth the money. Enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Only reliable source the Whitechapel Murders 5 April 2010
By Eric Cartman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the only reliable source, tv depictions are inaccurate a long with many other books that embellish or fabricate the story. Worth reading if your a ripper enthusiast!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 10 Mar. 2015
By Cristina de Haro Bueno - Published on Amazon.com
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Used, but in good conditions. It was a great present!
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