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Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  285 Ratings  ·  16 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 really liked it
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
Thomas Amo
Nov 17, 2014 Thomas Amo rated it it was amazing
This book was my travel companion when I walked those mysterious streets of Whitechapel, in 1989. For as long as I could remember, I had always been fascinated by the story of Jack The Ripper. So, when I made my first trip to London, Whitechapel was a must for me. I didn't do a tour, I wanted to experience it all for myself first hand. Stephen Knight's book was a perfect road map for me, and it even helped me find Sir William Gull's grave in the tiny churchyard cemetery, in Thorpe-Le-Soken, in E ...more
Overwhelming! The author started with a crazy story told to him by an elderly man, decided to look into it, and virtually re-investigated the entire Jack The Ripper case. The answers he came up with tie up every loose end and unlikely suspect I ever heard of related to the events of 1888 -- and every Ripperologist knows there are many of those indeed. Alas, every word of it is crap, but that doesn't mean it isn't my favorite theory to date. Patricia Cornwell shamelessly ripped off Stephen Knight ...more
Sep 14, 2007 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  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
Terry Lee
Jul 06, 2013 Terry Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Simon Zohhadi
Aug 04, 2015 Simon Zohhadi rated it it was amazing
Read this as a teenager. Who was Jack The Ripper ? Quite simply, nobody knows including this author. The likelihood is that nobody has ever named the real killer. Saying that, this was a very entertaining read and Walter Sickert was as good a suspect as any.
Martin Bode
Jan 20, 2015 Martin Bode rated it liked it
Ripping good yarn, but the theory doesn't hold up to scrutiny. At his best when discussing Druitt and other suspects.
Dec 01, 2008 danny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, dementia
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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.
Sep 03, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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.
Sep 12, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
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!!
Oct 24, 2013 Kingfan30 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-stories
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 liked it
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
May 26, 2013 Rob Brown rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, history
A bit of fun that fits well into the Ripper conspiracy market. I am worried some will take it too seriously.
Dr. Andrew
Jun 02, 2009 Dr. Andrew rated it really liked it
Fascinating but improbable (and disproven) theory about the Ripper...worth the time.
May 19, 2008 Greta rated it it was amazing
Fascinating.Beginning a bit slow..hang in there it's a great book!
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