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Alias Jack the Ripper : beyond the usual Whitechapel suspects
Gordon, R. Michael, 1952-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2001]

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x, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Over a century ago, a depraved killer skillfully moved through the dark and filthy slums of London's East End. Despite the increasingly watchful eyes of investigators, the serial murderer--known as "Jack the Ripper" from a signature on a piece of correspondence that has been attributed to him--was never certainly identified. R. Michael Gordon provides a comprehensive look at the crimes and the case evidence, and then discusses the life of the man he believes was the actual killer, detailing the reasons why this person may have been driven to kill. Beginning with an overview of the terror created in the East End of 1888, the book describes the five major periods of the Ripper's deadly career: early life and schooling; a step-by-step view of the murders, including the Thames Torso Murders that authorities attempted to cover up; the Ripper's American connection; a return to London where his final victims were subjected to poison; and the capture and execution of the probable--but never proven--Ripper. To most people who worked closely on the Ripper and poisoning cases, justice was finally served.

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R. Michael Gordon is a writer and researcher living in California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction to a Serial Killerp. 1
An Overview of Terrorp. 5
Section I Genesis of A Killer
Chapter 1 A Student from Warsaw: Unknownp. 9
Section II The Ripper Series
Chapter 2 A Shadow Falls Over Whitechapel: Millwood, Wilson, Tabramp. 29
Chapter 3 A Dark Night Down Buck's Row: Nicholsp. 46
Chapter 4 A Murder on Hanbury Street: Chapmanp. 64
Chapter 5 "Perhaps Some of Us Will Be Killed Next!": Stride, Eddowes, Unknownp. 88
Chapter 6 A Letter from Hell, as the Ripper Lies Lowp. 132
Chapter 7 Death Moves Off the Streets: Kellyp. 150
Chapter 8 The Madness Continues Mylett, Jackson, McKenzie, Unknownp. 175
Chapter 9 One Last Time?: Colesp. 203
Section III The American Connection
Chapter 10 A Time to Run and a Time to Kill: Brown, Seniorp. 225
Section IV The Ripper Turns to Poison
Chapter 11 Mr. Chapman Comes to Town: Spink, Taylorp. 247
Chapter 12 The Final Victim?: Marsh, Unknownp. 262
Section V The End Game
Chapter 13 Investigation of a Serial Killerp. 279
Chapter 14 The King's Justicep. 290
Chapter 15 Aftermathp. 304
Appendix 1 Chronology of a Serial Killerp. 317
Appendix 2 Victims of a Serial Killerp. 323
Appendix 3 Descriptions of Jack the Ripperp. 325
Appendix 4 Report on "The Whitechapel Murder" (Facsimile)p. 327
Appendix 5 Letters from the Jack the Ripper Filesp. 336
Bibliographyp. 341
Indexp. 347