This is the first publication of the 208 surviving letters, all allegedly from the killer with all the key letters reproduced for the first time in colour.
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(263mm x 194mm x 10mm)
Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
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UK Kirkus Review »
This is the definitive collection of Ripper correspondence. The authors are a retired police officer and a historical researcher, and, as such, are well qualified to investigate and interpret these perplexing and fascinating documents. These are perhaps the only real pieces of existing hard evidence that can offer some insight into the mind and motivation of history's most notorious serial killer and most enduring urban myth. Strangely, it is an element that is usually overlooked or obscured in favour of his more lurid exploits. This book redresses the balance. This is not a psychological assessment and no definitive conclusions are drawn. The evidence is simply presented in a series of lavish reproductions of the original letters and faithful reproductions of the often difficult to decipher text. Jack the Ripper is not known as a man of letters and it is impossible at this late stage to determine how many, if any, of the Ripper letters are from the fiend himself. Even the notorious 'Dear Boss' letter, in which the Ripper first used his infamous pseudonym, is not proved conclusively to be from the man himself. But, if not for this single piece of correspondence, would the legend of the more prosaic 'Whitechapel Murderer' or the melodramatic 'Bill the Boweller' still resonate with such power over 100 years later? This meticulously researched volume poses that question and many more as it explores the role the press played in the creation of a monster. In addition to the letters themselves, there is an exhaustive list of possible Ripper suspects and an extensive list of well-known, and possibly less well-known, Ripper crimes. By focusing on the correspondence, the authors cleverly use this most celebrated of crime sprees to produce a fascinating insight into the psyche of a generation thrown into turmoil by the gruesome actions of one man. There is no doubt that Jack the Ripper was a media godsend and everyone, it seems, wanted to grab their moment in the spotlight. It is chilling to think that somewhere buried in this mass of written evidence there may be some genuine communication from the Ripper himself. Sift through the evidence with the experts and draw your own conclusion. A must-read book for long-time Ripper fans and an excellent starting place for those just starting out on the Ripper trail. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Stewart P. Evans
Stewart Evans and Keith Skinner are two of the world's leading experts on Jack the Ripper. They acted as historical advisers for the forthcoming film 'From Hell' starring Johnny Depp and Robbie Coltrane.