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The Thames torso murders of Victorian London
Gordon, R. Michael, 1952-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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x, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Introduction to murder -- The road to serial murder. London's bloody history. Of torsos, torture and serial murder. The Rainham mystery of 1887. A rich environment for a serial killer -- The Ripper era. The Whitehall torso mystery of 1888. In the shadow of the Ripper. The torso murder of Elizabeth Jackson, 1889. The mystery of the Pinchin Street torso, 1889 -- A serial killer and a final torso. The serial killer up close. On the trail of a Victorian serial killer, George Chapman. The torso of Salamanca Place, 1902. A possible motive as a dark horse emerges, Wolff Levisohn -- Postscript of terror.
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This work delves deep into the case of the Thames Torso Murders. It begins with a look at London in the 1800s and the killer's path to London, which seems to include a murder in Paris in 1886. The book then examines in great detail each murder and the investigation that may have been hindered by the search for Jack the Ripper. It also raises the idea that Jack the Ripper and the Torso Murderer may have been the same man - Severin Klosowski, better known as George Chapman, the Borough Prisoner. It ends with an examination of the files on the Ripper, Torso and Borough Poisoner murder cases.

Author Notes

R. Michael Gordon is also the author of Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects. He lives in Long Beach, California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction to Murderp. 1
Section I The Road to Serial Murder
Chapter 1. London's Bloody Historyp. 5
Chapter 2. Of Torsos, Torture and Serial Murderp. 20
Chapter 3. The Rainham Mystery of 1887p. 33
Chapter 4. A Rich Environment for a Serial Killerp. 47
Section II The Ripper Era
Chapter 5. The Whitehall Torso Mystery of 1888p. 63
Chapter 6. In the Shadow of the Ripperp. 86
Chapter 7. The Torso Murder of Elizabeth Jackson--1889p. 122
Chapter 8. The Mystery of the Pinchin Street Torso--1889p. 141
Section III A Serial Killer and a Final Torso
Chapter 9. The Serial Killer Up Closep. 165
Chapter 10. On the Trail of a Victorian Serial Killer--George Chapmanp. 176
Chapter 11. The Torso of Salamanca Place, 1902p. 201
Chapter 12. A Possible Motive as a Dark Horse Emerges--Wolff Levisohnp. 212
Postscript of Terrorp. 224
Appendix 1 Table: Victims of the Thames Torso Killerp. 229
Appendix 2 Chronology of Deathp. 231
Appendix 3 The Ripper Letterp. 234
Appendix 4 Note by Chief Inspector Frederick George Abberlinep. 235
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 243