A Study of the World's First Serial Killer and a Literary Phenomenon
By (author) Robin Odell
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Ripperology by Robin Odell
Book DescriptionRipperology - a sometimes obsessive interest in studying the crimes of Jack the Ripper - is a subject of timeless interest that has suffered from confusion, exaggeration, and hyperbole for over a century. Jack the Ripper was probably the first serial killer to appear in a large metropolis at a time when the general populace was literate and the press was a force for social change. The press was also partly responsible for creating many myths surrounding the Ripper. Robin Odell's "Ripperology" is the first study to present a sequential history of literary investigations of Jack the Ripper's crimes and to address the seven principal phases of Ripper speculations: the initial wave of journalism that followed the 1888 murders; the "revelations" of highers-up in Scotland Yard who pretended to know more than they actually did; the period between 1925 and 1949 when sensational and factually shaky book-length "solutions" were proposed, including the theories that Jack avenged his son's syphilis or was a female midwife in disguise; the dawn of more responsible study, between 1950 and 1975, in which the author himself played an important role; better documented studies spurred by the opening of Scotland Yard files in 1976; the explosion of new Ripper hypotheses in the 1990s; and current theories, including Patricia Cornwell's DNA-based accusation of artist Walter Sickert. "Ripperology" does not attempt to give a detailed, encyclopaedic account of the murders. Rather, its aim is to tell the story of the extraordinary literary efforts directed at solving the mystery. While there are no formal conclusions, and this book does not seek to saturate the reader with minutiae, exaggerated claims are debunked and misconceived ideas are dispelled. Author Odell, having studied these unsolved serial killings for four decades, guides the reader in his easy narrative rich with documentation. "Ripperology" will be welcomed by true crime aficionados.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780873388610
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Kent State University Press
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robin Odell
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This forensic quintet featured in many of the notable murder trials of their time, making ground-breaking discoveries in the process. They were treated as celebrities by the media, and news that they were 'on the case' featured in numerous headlines.
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Jack the Ripper in Fact and Fiction, Paperback (December 2008)» View all books by Robin Odell
In the autumn of 1888 the streets of London were streets of terror. The cause - a series of mysterious and apparently motiveless murders. The victims were all prostitutes. This title presents a factual reconstruction of the crimes and a fresh theory, based on modern methods of detection, to solve the greatest mystery in British criminology.
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Author Biography - Robin Odell
Robin Odell has written or cowritten fifteen books in the fields of criminology and forensic science. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for The Murderers' Who's Who.
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