Who was Jack the Ripper? (Hardback)
All the Suspects Revealed
Jack the Ripper is the ultimate cold case. The Whitechapel Murders of 1888 have remained unsolved for over 130 years and hundreds of theories have been suggested as to the killer's identity.
Despite numerous books claiming to unmask the infamous Victorian villain, none have come close …. until now.
The authors of this book are all members of H Division Crime Club, the world's largest body of experts on the Jack the Ripper murders.
They have all come together for the first time in history to deliver their own personal research into each suspect and to finally nail down the identity of the man known as Jack the Ripper.
Taking the original police reports, eye witness accounts and research by the world's leading authorities into account, we ask two crucial questions:
Who did the police suspect at the time?
Who was in the area to commit the murders?
Using 21st century profiling techniques, it is time to reveal the truth behind the men most likely to have been Jack the Ripper.
With each chapter discussing a separate suspect in detail, this book is the ultimate guide to solving the world's greatest murder mystery.
The essays themselves are a variable lot. All are well written and enjoyable (if that can be said of the sometimes graphic descriptions of the crimes themselves). The stark reality of existence for the poorer classes in London (especially women without the protection of a family) is a red thread throughout the essays and the authors don't mince words.NetGalley, Annie Buchanan
I would recommend that readers not try to binge read the book, since the variable voices and information loading were sometimes overwhelming. (I kept having to look up which of the historical players was which).
Especially for historical true-crime aficionados, these essays will make a diverting read. (Spoiler alert, this is a treatise of 11 identified possible culprits, there are no eye-searing 100% incontrovertible denouements presented here).
Very enjoyable. Four stars.
The story of Jack the Ripper is one of those that still resonates with us even all these years later because there was never any clear idea of who was actually the famous serial killer. Whether or not we ever get to a point where we can definitely find out who knows but this book does introduce some new names into the hat along with some well known suspects and for each person there is an in-depth analysis using modern methods to explain why they may be the killer. There are a lot of interesting new facts in here along with some we already know but it’s a fascinating read for any fan or would be armchair detective.NetGalley, Tracey Shults
Interesting to look into some of the men who could have been Jack the Ripper and what motives they may have had. Getting to know the victims better helped to see why Jack the Ripper would have chosen them.NetGalley, Julie Rhinehart
Who was Jack the Ripper? is a interesting take on Jack the Ripper murders. This is truly a fascinating book and well written.NetGalley, Heather Bennett
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Cristie Underwood
This was an interesting book, as it was written by H Division Crime Club and examined multiple theories on who Jack the Ripper was. While no definitive answer was determined, I learned a lot of little known facts and enjoyed how the writing style allowed the reader to determine what to believe as the authors didn't try to influence you as to how to think.
If you thought you knew who Jack the Ripper was, think again. This collection of articles from a wide-ranging group of 'Ripperologists' known as H Division Crime Club puts forward arguments for a dozen different lesser-known suspects.NetGalley, Gayle Noble
Some arguments were more convincing than others, but most were plausible to some degree. It has definitely made me want to read more about these characters including Joseph Barnett, Mary Jane Kelly's on-off lover, and Robert Mann, a mortuary assistant in Whitechapel. If you are interested in the Jack the Ripper case but have only heard about the main suspects such as Walter Sickert, then give this a read. We'll probably never know the truth, but books like this are fascinating for true crime buffs.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Hazel Thomson
Who was Jack the Ripper by The H Division Crime Club had me intrigued from the moment I started reading.
The book is a collection of essays written by Ripperologists debating and putting forward their evidence as to who they think did these awful crimes in Whitechapel in 1888. I enjoyed the book due to the essays being in different writing styles because of the various Authors. The evidence is given in a well researched and thought out way.
It did make me think more in line with one of 2 of the suspects in the book. Its the ever elusive mystery that Im sure will still be questioned even 150 years later.
The story of Jack the Ripper is one of those that still resonates with us even all these years later because there was never any clear idea of who was actually the famous serial killer. Whether or not we ever get to a point where we can definitely find out who knows but this book does introduce some new names into the hat along with some well known suspects and for each person there is an in-depth analysis using modern methods to explain why they may be the killer. There are a lot of interesting new facts in here along with some we already know but it’s a fascinating read for any fan or would be armchair detective.NetGalley, Lindsay Adams-Riley
It's written by a group of members of H Division Crime Club. They are a group of experts who've studied the man they call Jack the Ripper for several years. The group have found lots of information to support their theories. There is an in-depth look into the chosen suspects.NetGalley, Louise Wilson
This book was super interesting. I love all things JACK THE RIPPER so I knew going in that I would enjoy this book. Written by the members of H Division Crime Club. A group of ripperologists that have studied the case for years, they take us through the list of victims. The canonical five that everyone is familiar with and six other potential victims. As well as a list of potential suspects. Each author presents their argument in various ways and using various techniques such as profiling. Some arguments were stronger than others, and some parts came across a bit dry, but overall, this was a fascinating read and I'd recommend it for any reader curious about these murders.NetGalley, Eve Recinella
It really impressed me in ways I had not expected of it. It felt like a new approach to the subject that was more about letting the reader determine for themselves instead of peddling and pushing some far-fetched theory...NetGalley, Maja Hansen
The part I liked the best about this book was that it does not try to sell you one suspect over the others - instead it argues the case of 11(12) suspects and lets you as the reader decide which one you find the most plausible.
The book is written by the members of H Division Crime Club, a group of experts who have researched and studied every aspect of the subject for decades. The book is unique as each chapter is written by a different member presenting us his #1 suspect, his hypothesis and possible connections to one or more of the victims or to the area itself along with reference to written accounts, statements or files from the time. Many members have even debunked other suspects to support their theories, which provides a different perspective. The book has used the latest profiling techniques, which was a really nice touch.NetGalley, Sumit RK
The theories put forward by each expert were informative and interesting. Though absorbing all the information in one go is a daunting task and readers are advised to read this book in short sessions to take in the most of it. This theory is based on extensive research and though some of them may feel improbable, all of them are based on hard facts.
Overall, Who was Jack the Ripper? is an incredibly well-researched and detailed look at the 11 most probable suspects. This book gives the reader an in-depth look at the murders and the possible suspects. Even after 130 years, we are no closer to finding out who Jack The Ripper really was but the book gives the readers a chance to play the detective.
This is an interesting look at some of the well-known and in some cases lesser-known suspects with possibles motives and links to the crimes that were committed. What I found most interesting about this book was the different authors of the essays refuting one another. One would come up with their best candidate, and another would then provide a reason why the first candidate could not possibly have been the murderer.NetGalley, Ionia Froment
This book gives the reader a multidimensional view of the crime scenes, the murders, the victims and the possible suspects, so it is informative and thought-provoking in ways that a lot of Ripper books fail to be. It allows you to feel like you are more involved in the events.
WHO WAS JACK THE RIPPER? is incredibly well-researched, and while it is not for everyone, it is a must read for ripperology fans.NetGalley, Stina Smith
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Vanessa Jury
Jack the Ripper is one of my all-time favourite cold cases and you can guarantee that if a new book comes out, I will be reading it!
I think the members of the H Division Crime Club did a fantastic job on this book. You can actually feel the passion coming off of each well written and expertly researched page. The members of this group have rounded up so much information to support each of their theories that one read just isn’t enough. This will become a book that I reference back to over and over again.
Who is Jack the Ripper is one of the best books I have read on the Whitechapel Murders and I can’t wait to add a hard copy to my collection. This is a must-buy for any true crime fan for sure!
I truly hope that this group continue to look at other unique cases and collect their theories. I know they already have a magazine that I absolutely have to subscribe to but I would love more books from them as well.
Great concept for the book. I liked that it was well written and thought out. I liked the differing opinions offeredNetGalley, Maria Martignetti
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Carol Mason
I loved this book! I especially liked the fact that each chapter was written by a different member of the H Division Crime Club with a different possible identity for JtR. It was very well researched and well written. Each successive chapter introduced a plausible answer to the rippers identity and possible motive. It was well worth a second reading and I highly recommend it to fans of true crimes genre.
Super interesting. If you're interested in crime investigations, and even if these have a good dose of mystery, if you're aware of and interested in Jack the Ripper's story, this is a book I recommend. I find it super interesting, not only because of the story itself, but also because of the environment in which it all happened.NetGalley, Rebeca Nuñez
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Tomas Garcia
I'm a huge conspiracy theorists, so reading this book was spot on. It's well written and researched. I love the new theories of Who Was Jack The Ripper? Was it a he or she?
This book is written by the members of H Division Crime Club who are a group of experts who have studied Jack the Ripper for years... It is also undoubtably well written and well researched,NetGalley, Rebecca B
In this book each expert puts forward his argument and offers supporting evidence for their theory as to the identity of Jack the Ripper, I found the arguments very interesting, the book is long and as such is very through in its approach.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Karen Kenyon
This is a very thorough and well written book. Many interesting theories with detailed information that I had not read about before.
I highly recommend this book as it provides hands down the best information on the Ripper mystery.
A great overview of all the current theories for who Jack the Ripper was - enjoyable and easy read, and covered some new stuff that I hadn't seen anywhere else.NetGalley, Donna Wilson
Million Dollar Question!!...........Who was Jack the Ripper?NetGalley, Nessa Thompson
Who was Jack the Ripper? by H Division Crime Club is a great book for all Jack The Ripper fans out there.
This book is written by the members of H Division Crime Club, they are a group of experts who have studied everything about the Great person himself! Jack The Ripper.
They take you back to have a closer look at Victorian London with detailed accounts of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888. This book is full of facts and will have you thinking who was Jack The Ripper.
But, who was he? Hmmmmmmmm
I wonder if we ever find out who he or she was?
This was a well-researched book, I always enjoyed Jack the Ripper books and this one brought some new things to the table and kept it interesting.NetGalley, Kay McLeer
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Kate Church
I absolutely loved this book. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I can't wait to read more by this group of authors.
For lovers of true crime, and especially those with a bit of knowledge about Jack the Ripper (JtR), "Who was Jack the Ripper" is a fascinating look at this infamous series of crimes. With the presentation of multiple suspects, JtR is broken down and viewed from so many angles it will leave you spinning.NetGalley, Amanda Arkans
What I found most intriguing about this book is the look at the culture of London at that time. It was a different world than what we live in now. I am left with these questions: Can our modern day definition of a "serial killer" really be used to solve a crime from over 130 years ago? Will we ever really know who JtR was?
A detailed account of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888, focusing on its victims and twelve possible suspects.NetGalley, Carmen L
Written by the members of H Division Crime Club, a group of experts on the subject, who not only give us a closer look at the setting (Victorian London) but also provide us with as many facts as possible to support each of their suspects.
A great book for fans of Jack the Ripper!
In the autumn of 1888, a series of grisly murders took place in Whitechapel in London’s East End, the Abyss, the Ghetto, the City of Eternal Night. The Whitechapel murderer, arguably the first of his kind, was never caught but the killings gave rise to the best known pen-name in criminal history – Jack the Ripper. The Whitechapel killer was terrifyingly real but Jack was the creation of Fleet Street, the gallows humour of a newspaper hack whose sole aim in life was to sell newspapers. And where the ‘Dear Boss’ letter, with its ‘trade name’ signature led, thousands followed. This book…By M J Trow
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