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Jack the Ripper and Black Magic: Victorian Conspiracy Theories, Secret Societies and the Supernatural Mystique of the Whitechapel Murders

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Jack the Ripper is a legendary gothic tale of Victorian conspiracies, the supernatural, secret societies and the police. Scotland Yard hunted a serial killer shrouded in politics as the mutilator of East End prostitutes infused pop culture with demonic horror. This book uses historic sources and rare official reports to reveal dark and supernatural aspects of the Ripper ca

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Paperback, 236 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers (first published July 25th 2011)
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Mel
I bought this book for the collection at work, as despite the title it seemed like quite an interesting and scholarly book. I must admit that the only book I've read about Jack the Ripper is From Hell (which given the copious pages of footnotes to historical sources and modern ripperoligists means that I probably know more than you'd think having only read a comic book on the subject) and as such I did find it quite easy to follow the book.

The first three chapters were my favourite. The first l
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Rob
Nov 23, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
To be honest, this is quite possibly actually a 4-Star rating work, a 5-Star rating if you are interested in the history and culture of the period, are a lover of conspiracy theories, or are a 'Ripperologist.' In a somewhat odd moment, I found myself rating it lower than I believe that the work may actually deserve, not because of the writing style, or the author's personal agenda, but because the book is simply so densely packed with information and detail that it feels like the author has gott ...more
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Nov 19, 2014 M.D. Meyer rated it it was ok
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I had a hard time reading this book. It was not due to the description of the murders, which was only briefly addressed, but rather due to the authors convoluted writing style and the use of a very small type font for the extensive quotes from Victorian newspaper articles, court transcripts, and correspondence. The quoted material often contained much information only tangentially related to the point being made. For example, there was a detailed discussion of one suspect, Roylyn D'Onston, that ...more
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