The Thames Torso Murders of Victorian London

The Thames Torso Murders of Victorian London

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by R. Michael Gordon
     
 

The Thames Torso Murders have been overshadowed by Jack the Ripper and his crimes, but were just as brutal and gruesome. They began in 1887 in London's East End, just north of the Thames River in Rainham, England. 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

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The Thames Torso Murders have been overshadowed by Jack the Ripper and his crimes, but were just as brutal and gruesome. They began in 1887 in London's East End, just north of the Thames River in Rainham, England. 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 delves deep into the case of the Thames Torso Murders. It begins with a look at London in the late 1800s, a time of great confusion and tremendous population increase, and the killer's path to London, which seems to include a murder in Paris in 1886. The book then examines in great detail each murder and the investigation that may have been hindered by the search for Jack the Ripper. It also raises the idea that Jack the Ripper and the Torso Murderer may have been the same man—Severin Klosowski, better known as George Chapman, the Borough Poisoner. It ends with an examination of Serial Killers; the Ripper, Torso, and Borough Poisoner murder cases; the search for clues to the serial killer responsible for the five Thames Torso murders; and Wolff Levisohn, a dark horse who seems to have known much about all three sets of murders, testified at Chapman's murder trial, and 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786413485
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/17/2002
Pages:
257
Sales rank:
1,206,829
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(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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The Thames Torso Murders of Victorian London 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.