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Jack the Ripper: Quest for a Killer (Hardback)

British History True Crime London Victorian Era Jack the Ripper

By M J Trow
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781845631260
Published: 8th October 2009
Last Released: 1st October 2009



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For a hundred and twenty years, the identity of the Whitechapel murderer known to us as Jack the Ripper has both eluded us and spawned a veritable industry of speculation. This book names him.

Mad doctors, Russian lunatics, bungling midwives, railway policemen, failed barristers, weird artists, royal princes and white-eyed men. All of these and more have been put in the frame for the Whitechapel murders. Where ingenious invention and conspiracy theories have failed, common sense has floated out of the window.

M J Trow, in this gripping historical reinvestigation, cuts through the fog of speculation, fantasy and obsession that has concealed the identity of the most famous serial murderer of all time.

Perhaps the most hunted killer of all time is Jack the Ripper, namely because the identity of the Whitechapel murderer has eluded the best manhunters since the 1880's and has created a cottage industry of speculation and finger pointing. The list of suspects runs the gamut from the royal family of England to lunatics of all stripe and national origin, insane doctors, incompetent midwives, policemen and bad lawyers (or barristers, as they are known in Great Britain). Conspiracy theories abound and interpretation of the facts have crossed over into pure imagination.

In Quest for a Killer, Mr. Trow present a rational reexamination of the case,using modern forensic techniques and profiling of the list of known suspects, including a previously unknown one. In doing so, he destroys the conspiracy theories, outlines a new motive for the killings and proves the Ripper killed seven women, not five as everyone is led to believe. His suspect, for which he presents a solid, sane case, is Robert Mann, a Whitechapel resident who worked as a mortuary assistant at the Eagle Place mortuary.

Trow's book is an honest one, painstakingly researched and presented, making for a very plausible case. In addition, he presents a painfully accurate picture of what it was like to live in Victorian London, especially the Whitechapel section.

This book is for Ripperologists and those interested in the time period.

The Past in Review

About M J Trow

M.J. Trow has written highly praised historical biographies as well as studies of true crime. He is also a very successful novelist.

Among his recent publications are lives of Boudicca, Vlad the Impaler, Kit Marlowe, the hero of the Charge of the Light Brigade, Captain William Morris, War Crimes: Underworld Britain in the Second World War and The Cato Street Conspiracy.

He has produced several best-selling accounts of criminal cases, in particular volumes on Derek Bentley, the Wigwam Murder and Jack the Ripper, but he is perhaps best known for his many novels which include the Lestrade and Maxwell series.

Jack the Ripper kills his 1st victim

31st August 1888

In the early hours on the 31st August 1888 Mary Ann Nichols was murdered. She was the first of Jack the Ripper's known victims.

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