Jack the Ripper: The Facts [NOOK Book]

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In the autumn of 1888 a series of prostitute murders in London's poverty-ridden East End caused a sensation around the world. The killer was never caught, perhaps never identified, but became known to posterity by the chilling nickname "Jack the Ripper." This book is the story of those murders, free of theories and speculation, by one of the world's most respected authorities on the subject.

Paul Begg's fascinatingly detailed history makes ...
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Jack the Ripper: The Facts

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Overview

In the autumn of 1888 a series of prostitute murders in London's poverty-ridden East End caused a sensation around the world. The killer was never caught, perhaps never identified, but became known to posterity by the chilling nickname "Jack the Ripper." This book is the story of those murders, free of theories and speculation, by one of the world's most respected authorities on the subject.

Paul Begg's fascinatingly detailed history makes extensive use of contemporary sources to bring the reader as close as possible to the times of the crimes. The murders, police investigation and reaction of the press and the people are reconstructed chronologically, and what is known of the lives of the tragic victims is fully discussed. The crimes' social background is examined in some detail, as are the reactions of ordinary people, the growing terror, what was happening on the streets, the pressures on the police and the political crisis the crimes nearly caused.

Sticking to facts and avoiding speculation and theorising, Paul Begg takes a coolly objective look at leading police suspects, providing the reader with a meticulous analysis of what is known or can be deduced about Tumblety, Druitt, Ostrog, and particularly Kosminski, thought to be the Ripper by the head of the CID at the time.

Filled with a great deal of new information—the book includes assessments of "popular" theories such as the Royal conspiracy, the so-called Maybrick diary, and the theory advanced by Patricia Cornwell in her best-selling Portrait of a Killer—Begg has produced a genuine history of one of Britain's most gruesome series of murders.

Paul Begg is recognized worldwide as one of the leading authorities on the Jake the Ripper mystery. He conceived and co-wrote The Jack the Ripper A-Z, the acknowledged bible of Ripper studies, and is the current editor of the subscription magazine Ripperologist.

Born in Wales, Paul became a full-time writer after leaving a career in journalism, television and publishing in 1980, and now lives with his wife and daughter in Kent. He is the author of several books including a history of the CID at Scotland Yard and numerous crime and history articles for magazines in the UK and the US.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909396159
  • Publisher: Anova Books
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 425,620
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    amazing!

    This book by Paul B. gives an amazing description and very good details on the crimes commited by 'Jack The Ripper' If you are at all intrested in this little piece of history it is a must read!

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