Diary of Jack the Ripper

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After more than a year of authentication analysis, a Victorian journal found in England is determined to be the actual diary of the notorious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. This detailed recounting of the authentication process contains a facsimile of the document itself.

James Maybrick harbored a reckless drug addiction and an insane jealousy that spawned a monster the world would never forget. In a chilling narrative that traces the murderer's footsteps, ...

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Overview

After more than a year of authentication analysis, a Victorian journal found in England is determined to be the actual diary of the notorious serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. This detailed recounting of the authentication process contains a facsimile of the document itself.

James Maybrick harbored a reckless drug addiction and an insane jealousy that spawned a monster the world would never forget. In a chilling narrative that traces the murderer's footsteps, this new edition provides fresh evidence of his diary's authenticity. Photo insert.

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Library Journal
This controversial title, originally scheduled for publication by Warner Books and subsequently dropped, makes its American debut amid great speculation and skepticism. Is it real? Maybe, and then again maybe not. The diary's alleged author is James Maybrick, a Liverpool cotton merchant who began his ghastly reign of terror as the infamous Ripper after discovering that his wife was unfaithful. The volume is divided into three sections: a lengthy explanation of the case that tries desperately to convince the reader of both Maybrick's guilt and the diary's genuine pedigree; photographs of the original handwritten entries and a typed transcript of the diary's text; and a critical report on the dating of the diary by document specialist Kenneth Rendell, which is rebutted by the diary's British publisher, Robert Smith. Before releasing the volume, Smith consulted several psychologists, forensic experts, and noted ``Ripperologists,'' several of whom agree the diary could be authentic. Many of the supposed clues clinching Maybrick's guilt, however, are as flimsy and ambiguous as those of the ``Paul is dead'' craze of 1968. True or false, this chilling read is still worth purchasing.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal''
Stuart Whitwell
There are signs everywhere that this is going to be a hot item. Hyperion rushed the book into print earlier than the proposed publishing date; "60 Minutes" picked up the story and aired a debate on the authenticity of the diary itself; bookstores throughout the country are filling display-windows with copies of the book's handsome red-and-black cover. And then there's the evidence of the book itself. Whether or not this newly discovered diary of the Ripper is authentic--and the book makes a powerful argument that it is--the tale it tells is absolutely riveting. The suggestion is that the Ripper was actually a cotton merchant from Liverpool who, furious over his American wife's infidelity, went periodically to London to butcher whores who walked the streets close to where he had first seen his wife walking with her lover. The diary itself is either an elaborate and brilliant hoax authored early in the century (paper and ink dating have established that it is between 60 and 100 years old) or the genuine article. It is full of the sort of gruesome details that only someone with access to police records recently released could have known: for instance, that the Ripper took the heart of one of the victims home. The man himself, James Maybrick, was a drug addict who gradually became more and more unhinged throughout the authorship of his mad diary and ended up being murdered by his wife. From all angles, it is an extraordinary tale that, when accompanied by numerous arresting photographs and the text of the diary itself (in facsimile and in type), leaves one at the heart of a horrific and mesmerizing crime--one that somehow seems to define our terrible and frightening age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671520991
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 8/24/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Getting Closer?

    History, especially religious history, has witnessed many hoaxes in order to validate whatever inexactitude/s the author/s have desired to foist upon the gullible. However, extreme sceptic that I am, in this case, noting that the provenance of the diary has yet to be fully established, this reasonably erudite account leaves me at least 70% convinced that, if not Jack himself, Marwick was at least involved. Of course, further research has to be done, yet, this account is perhaps the most credible to date. Sorry P.Cornwall! Let the experts, post Hitler diary, put their reputations on the line and enjoy what may become the best possible case ever put.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2001

    Read the book and decide for yourself....

    I first saw the documentary of the famed diary on British television some years ago, (I'm English) and was totally captivated by the story. The previously unreleased facts, and what must be said, incredible coincedences between the movements of Jack the Ripper and James Maybrick leave little in doubt, even if the diary is a fake. As the diary has been dated to between 60 and 100 years old, what would anybody have to gain from writing such a work of art, and hiding it for 100 years? Now having the book, and read the words written by James Maybrick, whether he was indeed The Ripper, or just was mad enough to believe he was I doubt will ever be proved. Good enough for me, though. Enjoy, it is a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    The Verdict... Hung Jury

    I must admit it was a nice read, but its not enough to make you believe James Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. James Maybrick MIGHT of been Jack the Ripper but we'll never no for sure. This book certainly doesn't prove James was Jack. Read it but dont be fooled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    A chilling, heart stoping book

    Diary of Jack the Ripper is a heart stopping true story of how a person can be. This is a great book for the true crime reader. And a good book for any reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    A Hoax Less Convincing Than Hitler's Diary

    Anyone who can read this book and believe that the Ripper mystery has been solved needs some lessons in historical methodology, or at least to read Philip Sugden's very thorough discussion of the authenticity of the 'diary' in his book, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF JACK THE RIPPER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    ha ha

    this diary is so fascinating that you have to read it at once !! and after reading it there's no doubt left who jack the ripper was. of course you must admit then that this big mystery has finally been solved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    criminology student was amazed

    The 'diary of Jack the Ripper' has gripped me since I read it the first time. I am now reading it for the fifth time in 2 years. Maybrick has not been proved beyond a doubt to be 'saucy Jack', however, I believe he is a viable suspect. The case is presented well by the researchers.

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