The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

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Skyhorse Pub., 2009 - True Crime - 758 pages
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The legendary Jack the Ripper terrorized London’s prostitutes in 1888, and horrified the world with his cruelty. These horrific unsolved murders and stories of the terrifying desecration of his victim’s bodies still captivate the world 100 years later. Police reports, newspaper articles, photographs, commentary, illustrations and much more, this is the ultimate resource for any researcher or follower of Ripper lore.

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Studies of the 1888 Whitechapel killings are legion, but past volumes generally offered only carefully selected portions of the numerous press stories, police files, and coroners' reports that ... Read full review

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An excellent source for unvarnished contemporaneous information on the Whitechapel murders. It contains the police reports, inquest notes, witness statements, investigation notes, press clippings, correspondence, and all without some author's opinion, theory or selectivity to get in the way. These sources provide the facts at the time the murders were being committed. They provide the public sentiment at the time the murders were being committed. They provide an unblinking look at life in Victorian East End London (who knew that someone could make their living by running a cat meat shop or that so many women earned the money to pay for their nightly beds in common lodging houses via prostitution?). A fantastic source for both the underlying facts of the murders and a portrait of the society in which they were committed. 

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About the author (2009)

Stewart P. Evans is a retired police office and a curator of the Suffolk Police Museum.

Keith Skinner is a historical researcher and expert on Jack the Ripper.

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