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The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Companion

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This singular encyclopedic work offers the ultimate in Ripper resources. Solidly researched and profusely illustrated, collated from all the known official records and supplemented by contemporary press reports, it presents for the first time, in one volume, a prime-source reference book on the eleven shocking prostitute murders that took place in the East End of London be ...more
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published December 12th 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Dec 05, 2015 Shaun rated it liked it
If you want access to all the correspondence/reporting/available case files of the Ripper killings then you are likely to enjoy this 700 page behemoth of a book.

The problem is that much of what is provided is repetitive to the point of bordering on tedious.

This is not light reading...and it's certainly not enjoyable and probably why it has taken me the better part of 3 weeks to get through it. That said, I did learn more about the Ripper killings.

Some tidbits:

1. There is very little agreement at
Riju Ganguly
Nov 04, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
It is indeed rarest of rare to find a book that is perfectly true in terms of its name, and this book falls under that "category" (are there any other books in that class?). It is truly ultimate as a source-book for the "Jack the Ripper" killing that terrorised London and keeps on horrifying us after all these years. Every year we come across new "theories" propounded either by the Ripperologists, or by rank amateurs trying to cash on our queries. But this book remains true and authentic. If at ...more
Aug 25, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
For my money, the best book on the case yet put together. First off, it's massive. Second off, it contains only the police files with no extraneous "theories" that have been put together over a century after the events. First it contains some set-up of the times: records of labor riots, gang activity, etc. Following, we get into the Whitechapel Murders - not just the "canonical five" (Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly) but the 10+ disputed cases as ...more
Thomas Amo
Apr 18, 2014 Thomas Amo rated it it was amazing
Own hardbound edition…will review later.
Katarina Forss
Jul 10, 2014 Katarina Forss rated it liked it
Not so ultimate.
Shawn Martin
Feb 18, 2013 Shawn Martin rated it it was amazing
The book clears up a few misconceptions regarding the evidence surrounding the murders and stereotypes of Victorian England. It is a great reference for debating whether the Ripper took five victims or more.

I used this book for research on a novel I am currently writing, and it proved to be very helpful. Not to mention it is just a fascinating compilation of everything related to the case.
Chiara Deathsy
Apr 07, 2014 Chiara Deathsy rated it it was amazing
Note to the potential reader: it is a Compendium, and as such, you should not expect to enjoy it if it's your first book ever regarding the Ripper Case. All the amateur Ripperologists out there MUST own this book. All the available information from the newspapers to the autopsy files, is to be found in this massive, exhaustive, amazing book.
Sep 11, 2014 Lauren rated it really liked it
It is definitely an encyclopedia. Not for those with just a passing interest in Jack the Ripper. Great use of source materials ... Excellent pictures. Perfect for those wanting to do research on Jack the Ripper.
Bernard Schaffer
May 24, 2011 Bernard Schaffer rated it it was amazing
As with the other two, I relied on this book heavily in researching WHITECHAPEL: THE FINAL STAND OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. I'm in Stewart's debt.
Oct 24, 2011 Colin rated it really liked it
Huge book of primary source material including newspaper articles, police reports and court proceedings.

Surprisingly atmospheric and evocative.
Barry H. Wiley
Jan 20, 2016 Barry H. Wiley rated it really liked it
A good solid resource for digging into the Ripper phenomenon.
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Need details about Jack the Ripper? Find 'em here.
Dr. Andrew
Jun 02, 2009 Dr. Andrew rated it really liked it
This was enjoyable.
Feb 23, 2007 shreyo added it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 03, 2012 Emma-jane rated it it was amazing
Love it!~
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