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Ripper Hunter (Hardback)

True Crime London Victorian Era England Jack the Ripper

By M J Trow
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848847637
Published: 30th September 2012

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Who was Inspector Frederick Abberline, the lead detective in the Jack the Ripper case? Why did he and his fellow policemen fail to catch the most notorious serial killer of Victorian England? What was he like as a man, as a professional policeman, one of the best detectives of his generation? And how did he investigate the sequence of squalid, bloody murders that repelled – and fascinated – contemporaries and has been the subject of keen controversy ever since? Here at last in M.J. Trow's compelling biography of this pre-eminent Victorian policeman are the answers to these intriguing questions. Abberline's story gives us insight into his remarkable career, into the routines of Victorian policing, and into the Ripper case as it was seen by the best police minds of the day.

I found this very interesting to read, and as a book under 200 pages, you can get through it fairly quickly, especially as the writing is very easy to read and digest. I think it’s important to read about and remember these men involved, because they tried so hard and went through so much trying to find the Ripper. You have to remember that these detectives and police officers had none of the ways of identifying killers that we do now, so this was extremely difficult for them. Overall, if you are fascinated with Jack the Ripper, I highly recommend giving this a read because you get to know Abberline a bit more and understand more of the behind-the-scenes of one of those involved in the case.

Read the full review here

Life and Tea Blog

What can be said about Jack the Ripper that hasn’t been said already? Every aspect of the elusive killer’s crimes have been covered in one way or another, whether it be through books, TV shows, moves or documentaries. We’ve all heard of the hundreds of theories regarding his identity. We’ve heard of the suspicions around how many deaths he was truly responsible for. We’ve even heard of the outlandish suggestions of his connections to black magic and occult rituals. What else is there left to cover?

Fortunately, author M.J. Trow covers the Ripper case from an angle which hasn’t already been done to death. Ripper Hunter: Abberline And The Whitechapel Murders details the Ripper investigation as it was carried out by lead investigator Frederick Abberline.

READABILITY: 8
HISTORICAL ACCURACY: 6
USE OF FACTS: 8
DETAILS: 8
OVERALL RATING: 7.5

Parkaman, True Crime Magazine

About M J Trow

M.J. Trow was educated as a military historian at King’s College, London and is probably best known today for his true crime and crime fiction works. He has always been fascinated by Richard III and has at long last written this, his first book on the subject. He lives with his wife and cat on the Isle of Wight, but has spent more time in the North in recent years visiting family and has grown to love it as Richard did.

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