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Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect
by Robert House (Goodreads Author)
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
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 11th 2010 by John Wiley & Sons
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Nov 08, 2012 Amy Sturgis rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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
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
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.
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.
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...moreMore about Robert House...