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The Complete History of Jack the Ripper by Philip Sugden
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May 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: history-and-current-events
Read in October, 2007

This book nearly exhausts everything history can give about Jack the Ripper and it pays off. There aren't any strange, over the top theories about who Ripper was, instead he presents historic archives as evidence, gives you a possible suspect list and lets you decide which to believe. There are no straight answers, but he does debate on some of the popular theories. It gets rather confusing though when you read other Ripper books or watch Ripper movies or documentaries because they all start contradicting each other with their theories. Sugden is right in pointing out that all the theories and evidence will not amount to anything conclusive. In the end, Ripper's identity will still remain a mystery.
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