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Jack the Ripper - The Policeman (Hardback)

A New Suspect

P&S History > British History > Victorian History P&S History > By Century > 19th Century P&S History > True Crime > Jack the Ripper World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Rod Beattie
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 216
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399017527
Published: 1st July 2022

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Imagine you were a police officer and had been dominated as a child by an abusive mother who didn’t really want you and as an adult had been served bastardy orders twice, firstly by a woman in whose house you lived and then by a woman you had a relationship with.

Then, to top it all after you had become a police officer in another city you arrested a woman you thought was a prostitute, whose subsequent actions caused you to be accused of perjury and you ended up in court at the Old Bailey. Although you were found not guilty, it ruined your career and left you seriously in debt and though you were still a policeman you were taken off the streets and assigned to a menial job guarding a museum.

As a police officer you were in a perfect position to take revenge on those people you thought had ruined you, prostitutes.

This book contains the complete reason Jack the Ripper came to be. It sheds new light on the mystery of the killer. After all, who is going to suspect a policeman going about his daily duties of being one of the world’s most infamous serial killers.

The book is very much worth adding to your ‘Ripper Library’ and you might be swayed by the argument.
You’ll have to look the book up to discover the suspect’s name.

For the Love of Books

Featured in

The Sherlock Holmes Journal - Winter 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Jack the Ripper was one of the first big name true crime books I read, and I still find it fascinating even after all this time. Part of that is the fact that we are never going to know what really happened.

This book is a bit of a different look at who Jack the Ripper might have been, and I found it very compelling and very reasonable. Beattie lays out evidence to back up his claim that a particular police officer had a reason to hate prostitutes, had the ability to commit the crimes in question, and was also about that particular area of London as well.

I found this a very enjoyable read, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone interested in Jack the Ripper or historical true crime. A worthy entry into the Ripper canon.

NetGalley, Kelly Palmer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A great insight into a Ripper theory. A well-researched and interesting read. As a true crime lover, I have always been interested in true crime and Jack the Ripper is top of my list. Recommended.

NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes

There has been some good research put into this book and it’s a very enjoyable read, certainly a good one to put against all the other books that try to identify the ripper suspect.

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The History Fella

This was a new to me and well researched theory about the identity of Jack the Ripper.
The author did a good job in explaining his theory and I found this book interesting.
I'm not sure if it's the solution but it was an interesting read.
Recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Jack The Ripper fascinates still, as he has since he perpetrated his heinous crimes. The fact that there has been no definitive identification of the person behind the name, has created an entire cottage industry of theorists who have proclaimed they, and they alone, have figured out the secret and can now reveal the villain. Whether this book or any other book can justify that claim is open to discussion. Even with DNA, the jury is still out.

But what this book does do, and very well I might add, is it makes a strong case that perhaps the reason Jack was never “found” was because he was a policeman and as such, he was protected from discovery. The author spends the first third of the book going into a previous case, where the copper arrested a woman for prostitution when she was just walking along minding her own business. The furore that erupted when the truth came out was intense. While the powers that be ensured he would not go to jail, they did guarantee his career, for all intents and purposes, was stalled. He never received any promotions. He was allowed to keep his job but they put him where he could do no harm. Or so they thought.

Using testimony from the time and witness statements, the author looks at inconsistencies and gaps. He makes a point that the reason for the ease with which Jack arrived and departed the scenes and the fact that he was so elusive was his standing as a policeman. He even goes so far as to add one an extra victim to the list whilst removing one of the five women who are accepted as his victims. Whether he has nailed it or not he does make a convincing case. Perhaps Jack The Ripper was not a royal, nor a doctor nor anyone else but a disgruntled cop with a vendetta against women and prostitutes. It could be.

NetGalley, Susan Johnston

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

True crime is one of my favourite genres and as a true crime enthusiast I have always been fascinated by Jack the Ripper. The mystery of the Whitechapel murders is iconic so whenever a new book about them comes out and an opportunity to broaden my thoughts on the subject of Jack the Ripper I have to read it. In this book the iconic story of Jack the Ripper gets another possible identity: a policeman who worked in London's East End. This hypothesis gains credence because policemen had unchallenged access to people on London,'s streets. The author gives a fascinating backstory in an attempt to bolster this hypothesis. This was a really interesting read that gave me new information and I learnt a lot.
The author has done a lot of research and gone into a lot of detail and sets out his evidence plainly and clearly and with his reason's for why he believes Jack the Ripper was an officer of the Met Police force. He puts some interesting points across for his theory. He has discovered a new subject of interest and has given us enough detail to suggest that there is enough evidence to add a new name into the search for Jack the Ripper. Again, like most of the books on the subject, it provides nothing but another suspect in a very long list.
An interesting thing about the book is that it does bring new details to old facts. I don't know if I agree with everything but it was still a fascinating read. You can certainly digest all the details and maybe think that there’s more to the story than we originally thought!
It’s definitely a must read for all those who are Jack the Ripper enthusiasts.

NetGalley, Diane Gilbert

As a fan of true crime, I'm always drawn to any Jack the Ripper books, podcasts, and videos that explain more about JTR and I personally also think that it's one of the possibility that JTR is actually a policeman at that time. It's super super fascinating and I like it more than I thought I would be.

NetGalley, Domi Higgins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent review of the surroundings and victims of the notorious Whitechapel murderer. The author has done an excellent bit of research into events surrounding all known victims and not so well known ones. I am still myself not convinced the killer was the killer. I still lean to Charles cross as Jack the Ripper. Of course we may never know who he really was.. well worth a read.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

I found this book interesting as the author sets out his evidence that jack the Ripper was a officer of the Met police force and puts some interesting points for his discussion on the subject and new insight about who Jack the ripper could of been.

NetGalley, Stephen Hutchison

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love true crime, and like all true crime enthusiasts, the Jack the Ripper killings and the mystery around who they were, has always fascinated me. This was a really interesting read that gave me new information and I learnt alot.

NetGalley, Aria Harlow

This book was well researched and was very convincing.

NetGalley, Karen Hammond

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In the past they have had many books on who historians thought Jack the Ripper was, but I don’t think no matter how great those books were that I have ever read a more detailed and concise history of the victims and the possible serial killer. In this book the jack the ripper in question is named Boden Indakit. We learn about the beginning of his award winning career as a policeman and all the women that seems to have brought him down. The bios on the victims are detailed and then some cases have more than one eyewitness account of a certain situation. It also has local historical events it also gives the cause of death and the manner of death. So all in all this book is packed full of historical true crime stories that either involve or is appropriate to the storyline. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think the author did an excellent job. If you are a sudo Jack the Ripper historian your library will definitely be incomplete without this one. I was surprised and delighted when I realized how great this book was.

NetGalley, Janalyn Prude

The iconic story of Jack the Ripper gets another possible identity: a policeman who worked in London's East End. This hypothesis gains credence because policemen had unchallenged access to people on London,'s streets. The author gives a fascinating backstory in an attempt to bolster this hypothesis. Fascinating read!

NetGalley, Jackie Taylor

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The thing you will love about this story is it brings new details to old facts..

The author has discovered a new subject of interest. He has given us enough detail that there is enough evidence to add a new name into the search for Jack the Ripper.

The new Person of interest what is a police officer Bowden Endacott. We learn that this person grew up with an abusive parent he fathered illegitimate children and was served with papers. He became a police officer. Albeit not a great one. He then arrested a woman he thought was a prostitute. Through this court case which is gone to in great detail he ended up being accused of perjury and standing in the Old Bailey.

This led him to having his career ruined. He was given a job guarding a museum. No longer doing the job he wanted to do guarding the streets. Also as a result of all the court case he was left seriously in debt. It also left him with a serious dislike of prostitutes

The author has done so much research and gone into so much detail that I really feel that this person should be classed among those as a subject for the new possible identity of Jack the Ripper. You close the book sit back and digest all the new details and realise that there’s more to the story then we originally thought.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to see an ARC. And an opportunity to broaden my thoughts on the subject of Jack the Ripper.

NetGalley, Catherine Harrold

This is a detailed account of the five acknowledged Ripper murders and I commend the author for the time and effort taken to give the details of those women’s lives. The respect shown the victims is important and not often seen in true crime accounts. With careful analysis, the author presents a good argument.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

As featured in

The Bookseller

‘I saw a female lying down, her clothing up to her knees, and her face covered with blood. What was lying beside her I cannot describe - it was part of her body. I did not examine the woman; I was too frightened at the dreadful sight.”

A really addictive read about a policeman who is suspected of being the serial killer Jack The Ripper.

Georgi Lvs Books !!

About Rod Beattie

Rod Beattie lives in Birmingham with his partner of many years and their Golden Retriever named Holly, who naturally rules the house. Rod’s first love has always been music, and he has been playing the guitar for over 50 years. He has a great fascination with anything to do with the role the police played in the Victorian era, although he’s never been in the police. Rod is also a keen photographer.

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