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Ripperology: A Study of the World's First Serial Killer and a Literary Phenomenon

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  4 reviews
An impressive contribution to true crime studies

Ripperology--a sometimes obsessive interest in studying the crimes of Jack the Ripper--is a subject of timeless interest that has suffered from confusion, exaggeration, and hyperbole for over a century. Jack the Ripper was probably the first serial killer to appear in a large metropolis at a time when the general populace was
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 23rd 2006 by Kent State University Press
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Jayson
(B) 75% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: A competent summary of the key literature, but messy, with scant analysis of Ripperology as a unique field of study.
Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
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I’m going to start with this caveat first. If you have no prior knowledge on the Ripper murders, do not start here.

Seriously.

This book is more of a historical literary analysis of books that have been written about Jack the Ripper and who he is. Literally, there is about pages of information about the murders. This doesn’t include the suspects. Odell is an established Ripperologist and this is written for those with a serious inter
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Katherine Addison
I have tried and tried, and I can't think of a better word to describe this book than "charming." Which seems so wrong in the context of the Whitechapel Murders and Jack the Ripper. But Odell is not writing about Jack the Ripper, exactly. He's writing about the people who write about Jack the Ripper, what they write, and why, and considering the crazy theories that have been put forward in the last century, Odell's wry, generous, thoughtful voice is charming, like a Virgil to lead the reader pat ...more
Alex
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Bit dense to get through. Don't get me wrong, I'm really interested in Jack the Ripper, but this is a bit of a weird setup because it's a catalogue of previous investigations re: Jack the Ripper and it's... an odd experience, I suppose. I didn't quite get what I wanted out of it. Odell is thorough, though, which is always reassuring to find.
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