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All About History Jack The Ripper

All About History Jack The Ripper 2nd Edition

Discover the chilling stories, documents and evidence behind London’s biggest mystery - the case of Jack the Ripper. History’s most notorious serial killer, the Ripper’s identity is still unconfirmed, but in this book we trace every victim, every detective, every letter and every bit of evidence so you can make up your own mind. We’ve collated the most likely suspects and the leads that brought police officials and historians to them, and closely examined every theory surrounding the world’s most elusive murderer. Prepare yourself for a dark and grim journey down into the underworld of 19th century London to learn more about the serial killer From Hell. Featuring: The scenes - Take a walk through the gloomy alleyways of 19th century East End London with high-quality illustrations. The victims - Get insight into the lives of the women Jack the Ripper chose as his victims. The suspects - Make your own mind up about whether any of the prime suspects were, in fact, the Ripper. The theories - Delve into the many theories that have emerged around the case.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 Min.
jack the ripper

For ten weeks during the autumn of 1888, London’s East End was gripped by the terror of history’s most notorious serial killer. Despite public outcry, the culprit was never caught, and the mystery of Jack the Ripper continues to fascinate amateur sleuths and crime enthusiasts well over a century later. In this book, you will find a comprehensive collection of the evidence found at the time and in the years after, as well as police reports and the theories about who the Ripper could have been. You'll also see detailed reconstructions of the crime scenes as they would have looked when Jack the Ripper walked them, searching for victims. Everything you need to make your own mind up is here, from who the killer was and why he chose his…

3 Min.

One Wednesday in April 1905 a group of gentlemen gathered to take a tour of the East End, specifically the sites where 17 years earlier several woman had been murdered by an unknown killer nicknamed Jack the Ripper. The most famous member of the group was Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Their guide was Dr Frederick Gordon Browne, who had actually examined the corpse of one of the victims within an hour of the murder. They visited the famous Petticoat Lane, toured a doss house, a Jewish fowl-slaughtering house and, of course, the places where Jack the Ripper set to work. It was a ghoulish adventure, not only because they were visiting the places where gory murders had been committed, but because they were gazing upon the…

1 Min.

At the time of the Jack the Ripper murders, towards the end of the nineteenth century, London was, to coin a rather hackneyed phrase, the heart of the greatest empire that the world had ever known, and, consequently, was colossally wealthy and powerful. The East End was the beating heart of that great metropolis, full of factories, warehouses, markets, abattoirs, breweries and the ever-present London docks, all servicing the city, providing the necessities of life, the means of survival, the fuel on which the great commercial heart depended. It was overcrowded and poverty-riven, its grimy side streets flanked by poorly constructed and decaying buildings. Many of these were converted into doss-houses which, for a few pence, provided a bed and warmth to an otherwise homeless, transient population.…

20 Min.
london’s deadly streets

Here, life was lived – if living isn’t a misnomer for what was in truth no more than survival – in all its stark reality, and it provided a banquet of inspiration for an ever-growing army of writers, artists, philanthropists and politicians who were shocked and humbled by the awful conditions suffered by the East End’s inhabitants. These same people were just a little fearful of what would happen if these East Enders spilled out and infected the relatively ordered middle-class society that sat next to them cheek by jowl on London’s streets. The name “East End” was coined in the press in the 1880s, at around the same time as “unemployment” and “unemployed” entered the language, and over time it has come to represent many things. It was a dreadful…

2 Min.
popular perception of the east end

To read contemporary reports of the conditions apparent in certain parts of the East End would lead many an observer to believe that it was little more than a giant slum, filthy, dangerous, racked by vice and crime and offering no redemption to visitor or inhabitant alike. This is a popular myth that survives in historical accounts to this day and though there were areas of shocking deprivation, this perception is largely the result of the writings of philanthropists, social commentators and the burgeoning radical press who homed in on the worst of Whitechapel and Spitalfields in an attempt to make the authorities of the day see what could unfortunately exist within the powerful, wealthy city that was the heart of Queen Victoria’s illustrious empire. There were plenty who were comfortably…

1 Min.
common lodging houses

From 1851 it was a legal requirement for common lodging houses to be inspected and registered; documentation listed the owners’ names and addresses, the number of rooms and how many lodgers could be held in each of those rooms. Despite the bureaucracy in evidence, many of these establishments would cram in more people than they were supposed to, in order to increase the profits available to the owners. In 1875 it was estimated that the registered common lodging houses in the Flower and Dean Street area of Spitalfields nightly accommodated 757 people in 123 rooms, revealing an alarming density of poor and transient people. The owners of the properties rarely lived there, instead employing deputies to run them. The least-salubrious lodging houses were often filled with old and decrepit furniture, some…