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
Experts agree that Jack the Ripper murdered five London women, but how many others did he slaughter in Britain or across the seas?
The number of women murdered and mutilated by Jack the Ripper is impossible to know, although most researchers now agree on five individuals. These five canonical cases have been examined at length in Ripper literature, but other contemporary murders and attacks bearing strong resemblance to the gruesome Ripper slayings have received scant attention. These unsolved cases are the focus of this intriguing book.
The volume devotes separate chapters to a dozen female victims who were attacked during the years of Jack the Ripper’s murder spree. Their terrible stories—a few survived to bear witness, but most died of their wounds—illuminate key aspects of the Ripper case and the period: the gangs of London’s Whitechapel district, Victorian prostitutes, the public panic inspired by the crimes and fueled by journalists, medical practices of the day, police procedures and competency, and the probable existence of other serial killers. The book also considers crimes initially attributed to Jack the Ripper in other parts of Britain and the world, notably New York, Jamaica, and Nicaragua. In a final chapter, the drive to find the identity of the Ripper is examined, looking at contemporary and later suspects as well as several important theories, revealing the lengths to which some have gone to claim success in identifying Jack the Ripper.
About the Author
Paul Begg is a world authority on Jack the Ripper and the author of several books about him, including Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History. He is co-author with John Bennett of Jack the Ripper: CSI Whitechapel. He lives in Kent, UK. John Bennett has written widely on Jack the Ripper and is leader of the most highly regarded tour of Whitechapel. He lives in London.
"Experts Begg and Bennett. . . successfully tread new ground in this thought-provoking book. . . . Refreshingly, they don't try to advance a new suspect, on the basis of evidence that could only be circumstantial. Instead, they do a convincing job of debunking myths."—Publishers Weekly
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“[T]his is a punchy, passionate, forgivably inconclusive book about London’s tawdry past life, with a bit of murder thrown in for kicks."—Stefanie Marsh, The Times — Stefanie Marsh
"Jack the Ripper: The Forgotten Victims provides much new and interesting detail. When it comes to the meticulous details of a murder, the minute-by-minute examination of a crime and its policing, Messrs. Begg and Bennett are the very best in the true-crime genre."—Judith Flanders, Wall Street Journal — Judith Flanders