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Title:
The ultimate Jack the Ripper companion : an illustrated encyclopedia
Author:
Evans, Stewart P.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 692 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780786707683
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV6535.G6 L65892 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

This singular encyclopedic work offers the ultimate in Ripper resources. Solidly researched and profusely illustrated, it presents in one volume, a prime-source reference book on the 11 shocking prostitute murders that took place in the East End of London between 1888 and 1891. of photos.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Attempting to demythologize a case that has intrigued and baffled historians and criminologists for more than a century, the editors have compiled an exhaustive compendium of primary and secondary source material pertaining to the infamous Whitechapel murders. Between 1888 and 1891, 11 prostitutes were brutally murdered in the East End of London, prompting Scotland Yard to undertake a grueling investigative inquiry. Now, for the first time, all of the available police files, press reports, witness statements, and court inquests related to each of these homicides are assembled in chronological order, providing a comprehensive overview of the crimes that were subsequently attributed to the legendary Jack the Ripper. Unlike most Ripper reconstructions, this straightforward, factual history is unclouded by often confusing and contradictory contemporary conclusions and interpretations. An invaluable resource for true crime buffs. --Margaret Flanagan


Library Journal Review

Studies of the 1888 Whitechapel killings are legion, but past volumes generally offered only carefully selected portions of the numerous press stories, police files, and coroners' reports that supported the author's theory on saucy Jack's identity. Here, however, the full text of those resources appears for the first time. Wading through the endless testimony of minor witnesses, constables, and medical examiners, the reader can understand why these reports were previously only excerpted. Nonetheless, some of these records are quite interesting for showing how bland police reports were sensationalized by the growing tabloid press, as well as how the case became bogged down in conflicting opinions by doctors, policemen, and interference by well-meaning citizens. While this volume is undoubtedly the single largest resource on this case ever published, it is sorely lacking a guiding hand from the authors, who simply dump a mass of information into the reader's lap without commentary. All Ripperologists will want this book for its sheer bulk, but newcomers should start with volumes such as Paul Begg's Jack the RipperDThe Uncensored Facts (LJ 12/99) and use this to expand their understanding of the crime once they have a working knowledge of the events.DMichael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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