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Posted May 25, 2011
This book is more about the history of cricket, cricket clubs, cricket players, and Druitt's relationship to cricket, cricket clubs, cricket players. Many, many detailed accounts of specific cricket matches, teams that played, player vs player, and scores, etc. are related. Every team and club that Druitt played for are given space in this book along with notable players, matches, and scores. There is also a lot of space devoted to Druitt's social circles and a lot of suppositions along the lines of "if Druitt associated with Mr.X and Mr.X associated with Mr.Y, then it is probable that Druitt associated with Mr.Y". However, the reader is left with no clue as to why Druitt's association with Mr.X or alledged association with Mr. Y is relevant at all, let alone to the Ripper murders. I am almost halfway through the book and other than some remarks at the beginning of the book no mention has been made of the murders or how Druitt was supposedly connected to them. However, an entire chapter is devoted to a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a cricket club, including criteria used to vet the guest list, guests who attended, even the menu. Druitt was not even invited, so what was the point of that chapter? I have to keep reading to see if the author ties any of this together, but so far what I have read is a book about cricket and social circles of the day. This is easily the worst book I have ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2006
Even Ripper completists should think twice before investing in anything but a very cheap used copy of this book, whose sloppiness places it towards the bottom of books in the genre. Too much space is pent on details of suspect Montague Druitt's cricket career, and too little on assessing the case for him having been the Whitechapel murderer. The author's labelling Arthur Conan Doyle a suspect is especially outrageous and baseless, and the author's claim that Doyle wrote a story about the case, Jack the Harlot Killer is simply untrue - that was the title of a chapter in Baring-Gould's bio, Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.