This audiobook focuses on the countless theories that have been put forward with regard to the identity of the notorious Victorian serial killer and offers an extensive section presenting all the known facts in the case. It includes 30 essays by the most famous, often controversial Ripperologists putting forward their own theories.
It remains one of the few audiobooks to offer a series of alternative solutions to Jack the Ripper's identity and the truth behind the Whitechapel murders. But how many new theories and identities can researchers come up with?
©1999 Maxim Jakubowski (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I would listen again, particularly on a long drive, because I'm sure I missed some salient points by listening whilst sewing/doing housework/gardening. It would be good to listen without such distractions.
I enjoyed the various hypotheses - difficult to specify my particular favourite, as it would spoil the revelation - and had already read some of the books mentioned. Indeed, we once lived in Wilkes Street in London and Jack committed one of his gruesome murders at the end of that road - one of the reasons I became intrigued by the case.
Psychopath or conspiracy - consider the evidence . . .
A challenging read, particularly some if the descriptions of the injuries, but very thought-provoking with regard to the possible identity of Jack - or of the conspirators.
This book was fascinating. Like most people with a flirting knowledge of Jack the Ripper I am aware of the more outlandish theories of the case - royalty, mad doctor, conspiracy etc - and I enjoy the odd documentary if I catch it on TV but this is the first time I have truly listened to something with the desire to learn more. I had no idea there were so many honest to goodness REAL possibilities for the identity of the Ripper.
Each author put their chosen suspect and accompanying argument across in such a way that I was truly convinced by the end of each essay that that person had done it. A bit frustrating I will admit but very eye opening at the same time.
One of the writers pulled the rug out from under us at the very end of their 'case'. Quite clever and funny to be honest. I don't want to spoil it so I won't say exactly what it was.
No I haven't. But I wouldn't mind searching out some more of his work.
It was quite disturbing. After all it is dealing with the deaths - gruesome and barbaric - of real women. I found it quite sad and in some cases I found myself wanting to cry and feeling fretful for the fear and desperation that these poor women must have experienced in their last moments - especially when what was being hypothesised was the killer being someone they knew.I think sometimes it is too easy to forget or at least soften the thought that these were real living breathing women.
Yes these crimes happened over a hundred years ago but this book really brought home (for me at least) the fact that they had lives that were cruelly brought to an end.
An excellent eye opening piece of work that left me wanting to learn more and yet slightly unsettled too.
Gives a comprehensive overview of the murders and their context.
The essays set out a number of the theories and the suspects.
Well worth a listen
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