If the primary question about the notorious Whitechapel killer has always been his identity, the second most widely speculated aspect of the crimes was the actual count of victims. The authors present a convincing argument that there may have been more than the widely accepted number of five. As with most examinations of the Ripper's work, this thought-provoking book isn't for the squeamish. — Alden Graves
By far, the most comprehensive, literate and least-hysterical account of the reign of the most infamous serial killer in history. Mr. Begg doesn't make any grand revelations, but neither does he make any careless statements. Jack the Ripper is almost completely shrouded in legend and it is very easy to develop serious misconceptions about him. Begg is so admirably cautious about adding to the mountains of false information about the Ripper that he is doesn't even commit to the number of women who were killed. The author paints a vivid picture of the hell-on-earth that was the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. Grisly reading. You may find out a lot more about the female anatomy than you care to. — Alden Graves
Written by two leading researchers on Jack the Ripper, this popular, in-depth study of the most renowned serial killer in history now comes in a new, smaller size. Over 100 years have elapsed since what is believed to have been Jack the Ripper's final killing, yet hundreds of books, television programs, and films continue to be produced every year on the subject. Jack the Ripper transports readers back to the London of 1888 through CGI artwork and unique reconstructions of the Ripper's murders, created with pinpoint accuracy. These detailed and atmospheric crime-scene re-creations, supported by a fascinating, expertly researched text, give readers the most complete view to date of the gruesome homicides that shook Victorian society.
About the Author
Paul Begg is a leading Ripper researcher who wrote Jack the Ripper: The Facts (2004) and Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History (Routledge), and cowrote The Jack the Ripper A to Z (Robson Books). He has appeared on television as an expert on the Ripper, including in Jack the Ripper: An Ongoing Mystery (2000) and The Real Jack the Ripper (2010). He also wrote the documentary Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story, which aired in 2011 in the UK. John Bennett is the author of E1: A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields (Five Leaves Publications). He is also a teacher and a tour guide, with a special focus on the East End.