Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects

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Over a century ago, a depraved killer skillfully moved through the dark and filthy slums of London's East End. Despite the increasingly watchful eyes of investigators, the serial murderer—known as "Jack the Ripper" from a signature on a piece of correspondence that has been attributed to him—was never certainly identified. R. Michael Gordon provides a comprehensive look at the crimes and the case evidence, and then discusses the life of the man he believes was the actual killer, detailing the reasons why this person may have been driven to kill. Beginning with an overview of the terror created in the East End of 1888, the book describes the five major periods of the Ripper's deadly career: early life and schooling; a step-by-step view of the murders, including the Thames Torso Murders that authorities attempted to cover up; the Ripper's American connection; a return to London where his final victims were subjected to poison; and the capture and execution of the probable—but never proven—Ripper. To most people who worked closely on the Ripper and poisoning cases, justice was finally served.

Author Biography: R. Michael Gordon is a writer and researcher living in California.

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Editorial Reviews

An important study.... Gordon's research is impressive.... His exhaustive study of the victims is a milestone...his biographical information on Klosowski is second-to-none...Alias is still one of the best small-scale Ripper publications to come out in the past decade.
California-based writer and researcher Gordon illuminates the life of the man presumed but never proved to be responsible for five major series of murders in London beginning in 1888. He discusses his early life and schooling, the early Thames Torso Murders, his American connection, return to London, and eventual capture and execution. He includes reproductions of primary documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786408986
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Michael Gordon is the author of several books, and has written extensively on Victorian London and the Ripper phenomenon. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to a Serial Killer 1
An Overview of Terror 5
Sect. I Genesis of a Killer
Ch. 1 A Student from Warsaw 9
Sect. II The Ripper Series
Ch. 2 A Shadow Falls Over Whitechapel 29
Ch. 3 A Dark Night Down Buck's Row 46
Ch. 4 A Murder on Hanbury Street 64
Ch. 5 "Perhaps Some of Us Will Be Killed Next!" 88
Ch. 6 A Letter from Hell, as the Ripper Lies Low 132
Ch. 7 Death Moves Off the Streets 150
Ch. 8 The Madness Continues 175
Ch. 9 One Last Time? 203
Sect. III The American Connection
Ch. 10 A Time to Run and a Time to Kill 225
Sect. IV The Ripper Turns to Poison
Ch. 11 Mr. Chapman Comes to Town 247
Ch. 12 The Final Victim? 262
Sect. V The End Game
Ch. 13 Investigation of a Serial Killer 279
Ch. 14 The King's Justice 290
Ch. 15 Aftermath 304
App. 1 Chronology of a Serial Killer 317
App. 2 Victims of a Serial Killer 323
App. 3 Descriptions of Jack the Ripper 325
App. 4 Report on "The Whitechapel Murder" (Facsimile) 327
App. 5 Letters from the Jack the Ripper Files 336
Bibliography 341
Index 347
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