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Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect

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An investigation into the man Scotland Yard thought (but couldn't prove) was Jack the RipperDozens of theories have attempted to resolve the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper, the world's most famous serial killer. Ripperologist Robert House contends that we may have known the answer all along. The head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department at the t ...more
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Published March 11th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons
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Amy Sturgis
I found this to be a very well-balanced and thoughtful consideration of the possibility that Aaron Kozminski might have been Jack the Ripper. House is careful not to attempt too much - he can neither prove Kozminski's guilt nor even claim there was a consensus among those at Scotland Yard about the prime suspect - but he makes a good case for not dismissing out of hand the comments of former Assistant Commissioner of the CID, Sir Robert Anderson, or the marginialia of former Chief Inspector Dona ...more
According to Robert House, Scotland Yard's prime suspect was Aaron Kozminski. Let me assure you, there is no case presented in this book that that was indeed the case. There is no case that Kozminski would even have been considered a person of interest, much less was Jack the Ripper. If you take out all the "ifs", "maybe", "let's assume" & "what if" - well, let's just say there wouldn't be much here. House admits as much in his final chapter - it's all speculation. I was, naively expecting m ...more
Richard Ward
Pretty good book on a subject that has been written about enough times that it's nearly impossible to say anything new. I did learn some things, in fact, that I had not learned elsewhere. The background chapters on Victorian anti-Semitism and xenophobia were particularly educational, though I did eventually want to say, "If this book is about Jack The Ripper then get on with it already." Even the chapters on the crimes themselves had some info that was new for me, though perhaps not new for long ...more
Susan Paxton
Exceptionally well researched and considerably more plausible than many books in this genre, Robert House ably argues the case that Aaron Kozminski, an immigrant Jew and apparently Scotland Yard's prime suspect, was the likely perpetrator of the Ripper murders. Each facet of the suspect's background, the crimes, the social milieu, etc., are carefully described so that even if one is not taken by House's theory the book will prove very useful reading. In some ways the Ripper case reminds me of th ...more
Brian Betke
The book is a definite starting place into the murders. While the case will never be solved, the historical background, and psychological analysis gives us a prime suspect. More important than the suspect is the conditions under which the murders happened.
Tom Wescott
Although I don't believe Aaron Kozminski was the Ripper, this is one of the best suspect books ever written and one of the very few 'must haves' in the genre.
(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: An entirely circumstantial argument, but it's about as good a case as can be made for a suspect so little is known of.
I didn't know where to start, but found a good place ... i'm far from a Ripperologist yet my take is that this is a balanced, credible, fascinating ride
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Jack the Ripper, true crime or Victorian London. The author obviously did his research and wrote a captivating book about the prime suspect, Aaron Kozminski. The historical background and psycho-analysis certainly makes a good case against the Polish, Jewish, paranoid schizophrenic immigrant. The background chapters on Victorian anti-Semitism were educational and the chapters about the crimes included new information and photographs. Don't expect to ...more
Chuck Miller
Makes a good, if entirely circumstantial, case for Aaron Kozminski as the Ripper. He is a more likely suspect than most others.
Interesing book. Nice background and forensic (psychological) analysis of jack the ripper. Very well researched and written.
Wasn't a convincing argument when you read the information that was really put forth by th original policeman.
Sarah (LF Book Reviews)
A lot of research and work as been put into writing this book, it contained a lot of good, interesting information.
Well researched and well written. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend to anyone interested in "Jack the Ripper."
George Wood
Very interesting. The fact that Scotland Yard seems to have known who The Ripper was, but couldn't arrest him because of the rules of law in Britain at the time is fascinating. I mean, in today's America, this guy would get the needle. Also fascinating is the back-story, the history of the Polish Jews in both Russia and Britain in the late 19 th century, and how that figures into the case. I highly recommend reading this if you are at all interested in this.
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Robert House (b. 1971 in Boston Massachusetts) has studied the Jack the Ripper murders for ten years, and is one of the world's foremost experts on the suspect Aaron Kozminski. In 2004, House discovered Aaron Kozminski's birth certificate in Poland and then travelled to both Poland and London to continue his research. He published two articles on Kozminski in Ripperologist magazine in March 2005 a ...more
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