Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution
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Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Who really was Jack the Ripper? Was he a solitary assassin lurking in the shadows of gaslit London? Or was Jack the Ripper three men: two killers and an accomplice? In this work the author investigates all aspects of this strange case shrouded in mystery and misconception. The discovery of the murders is described by the men who were there, and evidence reveals that the hi...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1976)
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Oct 13, 2007 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
As a long time "Ripperologist," I find almost any book about the murders attributed to Jack The Ripper to be of interest. This one is probably my personal favorite, although most researchers dismiss it out of hand. Author Stephen Knight postulated a complex conspiracy theory to explain the Ripper slayings. Basically, he theorized that the prostitutes were murdered in order to protect Eddy, the Duke of Clarence (and next in line for the English throne), whose secret love child had been born to th...more
Sep 14, 2007 Anthony rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amateur ripperologists, conspiracy theorists, anti-masonic party members
This book is the basis for the Alan Moore comic (and thus - loosely - the lamentable Johnny Depp vehicle) From Hell, and as an appreciator of the comic, I figured I would never have an reason to bother reading the original history it was based on. Then I ran into it one Saturday in a used bookstore, and what can I say, I'm a sucker for old paperbooks.

Stephen Knight gives a journalistic account of the Ripper murders, which is to say he acquaints you with a lot of the facts of the case, while also...more
Terry Lee
Stephen Knight has written a very engrossing book that sheds light on murder suspect Walter Sickert, bisexual artist and bohemian friend of Prince Victor Albert. There were two Jack The Rippers and they were working together. Neither Prince Albert nor Sir William Gull were Sickert's psychopathic mentor. Dr. Francis Tumblety, a serial killer visiting London from the United States, was Jack The Ripper #2. They met at a telegraph boy brothel on Cleveland Street and became good friends. Also Walter...more
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Having just finished the book I have not had time to mull over my review as long as I have with the others, but I must mention how well constructed the Sickert case is, even though the last chapter has a strong air of simple theorising to it. A fascinating, in-depth look at one of the strongest cases I've come across so far, although heavy with conspiracy and incredibly unlikely events and circumstances.
even though most people don't beleive it, i believe it does solve the identity of the killer. a riveting true crime story deeply entrenched in social class. the writing style is overly academic and very wordy in style, hard to read but worth pouring over to discover who the ripper is.
Basically the Royal/Freemason conspiracy which became the basis of alan Moores from hell, a fun read if discredited and at least as likely as the Patricia Cornell one, In fact good old Walter Sickert features in both!!
An interesting theory that appears to be well researched. Gets a bit complicated at times with all the people involved and how each person is connected.
Feb 28, 2008 furious rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: conspiracy freaks, masons, jack the ripper
Recommended to furious by: alan moore
pure beautiful insanity. although i'm not done yet, so i can't go past 3 stars. it isn't easy going.
Rob Brown
A bit of fun that fits well into the Ripper conspiracy market. I am worried some will take it too seriously.
Dr. Andrew
Fascinating but improbable (and disproven) theory about the Ripper...worth the time.
Fascinating.Beginning a bit slow..hang in there it's a great book!
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