The Thames Torso Murders of Victorian London

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"The Thames Torso Murders have been overshadowed by Jack the Ripper and his crimes, but were just as gruesome. They began in 1887 in London's East End, just north of the Thames. The killer took one victim that year, another in 1888, and two more in 1889. He resumed his crimes in 1902, taking his last victim south of the Thames and leaving her body in a pile of dismembered parts as he had done with most of his other victims." "This work begins with a look at London in the late 1800s, a time of great confusion and population increase, and the
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Overview

"The Thames Torso Murders have been overshadowed by Jack the Ripper and his crimes, but were just as gruesome. They began in 1887 in London's East End, just north of the Thames. The killer took one victim that year, another in 1888, and two more in 1889. He resumed his crimes in 1902, taking his last victim south of the Thames and leaving her body in a pile of dismembered parts as he had done with most of his other victims." "This work begins with a look at London in the late 1800s, a time of great confusion and population increase, and the killer's path to London, which seems to include a murder in Paris in 1886. Each murder and its investigation - perhaps hindered by the search for Jack the Ripper - is then examined in detail." Jack the Ripper and the Torso Murderer may have been the same man - Severino Klosowski, better known as George Chapman, the Borough Poisoner. The book explores the files on the Serial Killer, Ripper, Torso, and Borough Poisoner murder cases; the search for clues in the five Thames Torso murders; and Wolff Levisohn, a dark horse who seems to have known much about all three sets of murders, who testified at Chapman's murder trial, and who then faded away as Chapman was sent to the gallows.
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This grim history examines a series of murders occurring in London's East End between 1887 and 1902. It situates the murders in the context of city life in the industrial nineteenth-century, and traces the killer's path to London (including details of an 1886 murder in Paris). Each murder is detailed, as is the accompanying investigation. The set of crimes is then related to those of Jack the Ripper and his contemporary, the Borough Poisoner. It is suggested that the three killers are the same, and a suspect is named. Gordon has written previously of the Ripper crimes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786413485
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2002
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,000,223
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (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

Acknowledgments
Introduction to Murder 1
Sect. I The Road to Serial Murder
Ch. 1 London's Bloody History 5
Ch. 2 Of Torsos, Torture and Serial Murder 20
Ch. 3 The Rainham Mystery of 1887 33
Ch. 4 A Rich Environment for a Serial Killer 47
Sect. II The Ripper Era
Ch. 5 The Whitehall Torso Mystery of 1888 63
Ch. 6 In the Shadow of the Ripper 86
Ch. 7 The Torso Murder of Elizabeth Jackson - 1889 122
Ch. 8 The Mystery of the Pinchin Street Torso - 1889 141
Sect. III A Serial Killer and a Final Torso
Ch. 9 The Serial Killer Up Close 165
Ch. 10 On the Trail of a Victorian Serial Killer - George Chapman 176
Ch. 11 The Torso of Salamanca Place, 1902 201
Ch. 12 A Possible Motive as a Dark Horse Emerges - Wolff Levisohn 212
Postscript of Terror 224
App. 1 Table: Victims of the Thames Torso Killer 229
App. 2 Chronology of Death 231
App. 3 The Ripper Letter 234
App. 4 Note by Chief Inspector Frederick George Abberline 235
Bibliography 237
Index 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Interesting But Perplexing

    I am not sure why this run-of-the-mill paperback is so expensive, but it is worth the money more for the story it tells than how it is told. I was certainly intrigued and found the story a fascinating facet of the Jack the Ripper murders. I do recomend this book to anyone interested in the seedy underworld of Victorian London. However, I was often perplexed by the poor grammar/sentence structure, unrelated tangents the author includes and occasionaly non-chronoligical story line. Overall, an interesting portrait of the East End and the Torso Murders marred by poor grammar and confused style.

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