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Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects
     

Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects

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by R. Michael Michael Gordon
 

ISBN-10: 0786408987

ISBN-13: 9780786408986

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Over a century ago, a depraved killer skillfully moved through the dark and filthy slums of London’s East End. Despite the increasingly watchful eyes of investigators, the serial murderer—known as “Jack the Ripper” from a signature on a piece of correspondence that has been attributed to him—was never certainly identified. R. Michael

Overview

Over a century ago, a depraved killer skillfully moved through the dark and filthy slums of London’s East End. Despite the increasingly watchful eyes of investigators, the serial murderer—known as “Jack the Ripper” from a signature on a piece of correspondence that has been attributed to him—was never certainly identified. R. Michael Gordon provides a comprehensive look at the crimes and the case evidence, and then discusses the life of the man he believes was the actual killer, detailing the reasons why this person may have been driven to kill. Beginning with an overview of the terror created in the East End of 1888, the book describes the five major periods of the Ripper’s deadly career: early life and schooling; a step-by-step view of the murders, including the Thames Torso Murders that authorities attempted to cover up; the Ripper’s American connection; a return to London where his final victims were subjected to poison; and the capture and execution of the probable—but never proven—Ripper. To most people who worked closely on the Ripper and poisoning cases, justice was finally served.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408986
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Pages:
363
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction to a Serial Killer1
An Overview of Terror5
Section IGenesis of A Killer
Chapter 1A Student from Warsaw: Unknown9
Section IIThe Ripper Series
Chapter 2A Shadow Falls Over Whitechapel: Millwood, Wilson, Tabram29
Chapter 3A Dark Night Down Buck's Row: Nichols46
Chapter 4A Murder on Hanbury Street: Chapman64
Chapter 5"Perhaps Some of Us Will Be Killed Next!": Stride, Eddowes, Unknown88
Chapter 6A Letter from Hell, as the Ripper Lies Low132
Chapter 7Death Moves Off the Streets: Kelly150
Chapter 8The Madness Continues Mylett, Jackson, McKenzie, Unknown175
Chapter 9One Last Time?: Coles203
Section IIIThe American Connection
Chapter 10A Time to Run and a Time to Kill: Brown, Senior225
Section IVThe Ripper Turns to Poison
Chapter 11Mr. Chapman Comes to Town: Spink, Taylor247
Chapter 12The Final Victim?: Marsh, Unknown262
Section VThe End Game
Chapter 13Investigation of a Serial Killer279
Chapter 14The King's Justice290
Chapter 15Aftermath304
Appendix 1Chronology of a Serial Killer317
Appendix 2Victims of a Serial Killer323
Appendix 3Descriptions of Jack the Ripper325
Appendix 4Report on "The Whitechapel Murder" (Facsimile)327
Appendix 5Letters from the Jack the Ripper Files336
Bibliography341
Index347

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Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Usual Whitechapel Suspects 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alias Jack the Ripper: Beyond the Whitechapel Suspects This book is about the analysis of a possible suspect Severin Klosowski better known as George Chapman convicted of being the borough poisoner who the author Michael Gordon believes is the infamous Jack The Ripper. The man who terrorized the east end slums of London during the Victorian era leading into the turn of the century. Gordon's writing style is very analytical, he uses a great deal of quote analysis throughout the entire book. His writing style can get excruciatingly dull at times because it is constant throughout the entire book however, he uses a rich vocabulary to accurately describe the monstrosity of the crimes committed keeping the reader engaged and wanting to know more. I also admire his hunger for hard evidence to back up his idea and accusation of Severin Klosowski. Something that I admire that he included in the book were maps, pictures of victims, direct copies of documents (in text and picture form) for the reader to better understand all of what was happening in the time era and with the crime. This book is for people who have a higher reading level and are fascinated by murder and serial killers. I think that the way he presented compelling evidence and the expert writing style he exhibits is useful for the school curriculum but the content is not exactly school friendly given it does contain pictures of real victims. This book should be made into a movie that would best be presented in the form of a documentary because it is purely evidence based and would be ruined by a producer who will simply present gore in order to sell. Over all I would give this book a 4 out 5 and would recommend it to anyone interested in serial murder. By the end of this book you will also be convinced that Klowski despite his multiple names is indeed Jack.