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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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Jul 02, 2008 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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.
Oct 27, 2016 Kevinjwoods rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, non-fiction
This has a possibly unique angle to the Whitechapel murders as it deals with the letters that were sent purporting to come from the killer. Many of these are barely mentioned in other books which concentrate on the Lusk letters which have for the most part been proven to be highly likely to have been the invention of a journalist rather than Jack The Ripper. looking at these letters a few things stand out, there seems to be the idea that the killer didn't work alone appears to be a common one ap ...more
Katherine Addison
It feels weird to be describing a book about Jack the Ripper as beautiful, but, in fact, this is a beautiful book. Also fascinating. It's about the letters--some 200+ in all--sent to the police and newspapers and, of course, the Central News Agency--purporting to be from Jack the Ripper. Evans and Skinner have transcribed all of them and photographed many of them and written a quiet, careful assessment of what these letters do and do not tell us.

They do not tell us anything about the actual murd
Dee Bitner
Jul 28, 2015 Dee Bitner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
I LOVED this book. Make no mistake, this book is a heavy read. It also assumes right off the bat that you are familiar with the background and chronological sequence of the Whitechapel murders. If you aren't, you could choose better books to start. If you're not interested in forensic-level checking on fraud and hoaxes, you can skip it. But if you are, by all means make this an early stop on your reading list. It will pay off.

The authors have done diligent research and looked at the original let
Sep 07, 2010 DoctorM rated it really liked it
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
Kelly Stine
Jan 27, 2016 Kelly Stine rated it it was amazing
I originally bought and read thisbook whenit was first published. Jack is one of my favorite historical cases and I OWN about 25 books on the case and have read even more. This book was well written and researched, and for that reason I give it 5 stars, but if I were to compare this author's conclusions with those of other books on the same case, I don't recall finding it as convincing as some of the others that I've studied.

If you are new to the study of Jack the Ripper and Letters from Hell is
Jes Foote
Dec 10, 2008 Jes Foote rated it it was ok
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
Allegra Byron
Feb 20, 2014 Allegra Byron rated it liked it
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.
Paul Barton
Jun 19, 2016 Paul Barton rated it really liked it
Shelves: jack-the-ripper
A lavish collection of reprints of each of the letters that purported to come from the Ripper himself. This includes the famous ones and the lesser know ones. A pretty valuable addition to any Ripper collection.
Feb 27, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
Not bad, breaks down the letters and takes a deeper look into them and possible motives. 90 pages of letters received by the London police about the incident, mostly from those claiming to be Jack.
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.
Apr 10, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πως τα μέσα μαζικής ενημέρωσης (οι εφημερίδες εκείνη την εποχη) διαμόρφωσαν μια πραγματικότητα που βόηθησε έναν δολοφόνο να κάνει τα εγκλήματά του και να ξεφύγει... Εξαιρετική έρευνα
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