Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell
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Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell

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Between August and November 1888 six women were found murdered and mutilated in London's East End and Aldgate. All were prostitutes; one was found on a common landing, one in the street, one in a backyard, one in an entry, one in a public square and the sixth in a house. The murders provoked massive interest in the press and dozens of letters quickly appeared, claiming to
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 25th 2005 by The History Press (first published 2001)
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Great book. A lot of letters you won't find anywhere else. Most of the letters were fakes, of course, but this is a fascinating read.
A strange book--- an examination of the letters sent to the press and police during the era of the Whitechapel Murders, letters purporting to be from Jack the Ripper. Evans manages to combine a very decent account of the killings with a look at the role of the letters in shaping the popular vision of the Ripper. That a couple of thousand "Ripper letters" got sent says a lot about the birth of celebrity culture and the rise of a mass newspaper audience--- and that so many of the letters obviously...more
Allegra Byron
El personaje de Jack the Ripper será toda la vida una incógnita. Quién fue y por qué lo hizo nunca lo sabremos. Sólo nos queda seguir descubriendo sobre su "leyenda" con libros como éste. Una buena recopilación de todas "sus cartas", con fotos de las mismas. Si te apasiona la época victoriana, es una buena manera de adentrarte un poco más en esos últimos años del siglo XIX en Whitechapel.
Jes Foote
Let's hope that this one is better then the last one I read. And way better then the one Eliz read!!

Okay.... so it took me awhile to get this book read. It was alright, it was nice to see most of the letters and to get a feel of the hype and the copycats that wanted to keep "Jack" alive and going on with his "job".

If you're looking for a juicy Jack the Ripper book... this is not the one to read. If you want some insite into what it was like back then and to see that people and crime were not all...more
Very interesting read, and the biggest compilation of Ripper letters I have ever found. Of course most of them are fakes but that doesn't make this any less of a captivating book.
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