The Diary of Jack the Ripper: The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick

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The pages of The Diary of Jack the Ripper reveal the unimaginable—that more than a century ago, the legendary serial killer at work in London’s Whitechapel kept a record of his bestial mutilations of women. The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved, drug-taking, womanizing, 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence. In this analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text and the rigorous ...

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Overview

The pages of The Diary of Jack the Ripper reveal the unimaginable—that more than a century ago, the legendary serial killer at work in London’s Whitechapel kept a record of his bestial mutilations of women. The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved, drug-taking, womanizing, 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence. In this analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text and the rigorous scientific analysis it has endured while revealing startling new information about Maybrick's shadowy background. This evidence, along with a chilling confession scratched into a watch—"I am Jack. J Maybrick," provide powerful justification that Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. The diary itself is reproduced in full, so that readers can judge whether these are the deeply distributing words of Jack the Ripper himself, reaching out from across the abyss of more than a century.

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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Editorial Reviews

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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''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844549177
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 966,421
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Harrison is the author of Jack the Ripper: The American Connection.

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