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After reading Did She Kill Him about murder of James Maybrick in 1889, got intrigued about Jack the Ripper as Maybrick was purported to be a be a suspect He certainly ticks boxes shady character, frequent trips to London, good timing etc I m not a true crime afficianado, but this book seemed to be a perfect introduction and summary about the Jack the Ripper case, about which I realised I knew very little It tells the story in a just the facts, ma am way in the first half It then analyses the possible suspects The bit at the end about the Ripperology industry is also interesting as well not something that I d personally explore, but if an item came up on TV or similar, I d now feel well placed to follow it after reading this book. This book provided me with a wealth of knowledge about Jack the Ripper, that I wasn t initially aware of before picking this book up It was an easy and extremely informative read I highly recommend it do any and all people fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case. I ve always been fascinated with the Jack the Ripper case, but have never done much reading beyond cursory examinations of the Wikipedia page on the tragedies The cover and overall form factor of this book seemed to me to hint at its being a rather sensationalized, cheap depiction or portrayal of the case, and so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn t quite so The book is laid out in three useful sections the first details the events of each of the murders the second delves into the most prominent theories surrounding the killings and the identity of the killer and the third elaborates on elements of the Ripper mythology that have sprung up, and traces their origins All in all the information presented here is rather straightforward and seemingly unbiased Particularly in the first section, everything is stated very matter of factly, with emphasis placed on the facts of the case versus interpretation That is saved for the second part, where the authors very carefully assess the bevy of Ripper literature available today and over the past several decades Here the book really shines in its commentary on how people approach the problem of solving the murders and identifying the killer, and how these various methods have at times grown out of the cultures and times in which they are deployed.All in all I was rather pleasantly surprised with the quality of this book and its analysis, as well as its prose What I thought was going to be a fairly tawdry reading experience turned out to be quite informative and even thought provoking, if not about Jack himself, then about the culture and world in which he operated and which we all operate in today. The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper by Paul Begg and John Bennett is split into three main parts the first part deals with the victims, including those who are sometimes dismissed from Ripper canon the second part deals with the different theories put forward over the years on the identity of Jack the Ripper the third part deals with the myth of Jack how popular culture has seized upon the eponymous murderer, sometimes in a less than tasteful manner For me, this book was a good starting point in the history of Ripperology It remained or less unbiased throughout, laying out theories about the identity of Jack and putting forth arguments for and against the particular theory being discussed The victimology section was also interesting as it looked at the witnesses who discovered the bodies, the neighbourhoods in which this happened, as well as police and press involvement that both hindered and helped the investigations as a whole I would have liked a fuller view of the sociology of the time, but in a book that is, I believe, meant to be a starting point for individuals interested in the subject matter, it is a solid overview of the facts and indeed fiction I particularly found interesting the contemporary popular culture implications of Jack the Ripper and how the myth icon of Jack the Ripper affected other subjects, such as violence against women and the dumbing down of what was a series of horrific murders.I would definitely recommend this book for any individual who knew only the most basic of information about Jack the Ripper and wanted to expand their knowledge base, as I did. this book is the 1st book i read on j.r the author deals with the facts and some of the false information on the subject. Loved this book, always been fasanaited by Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 London this book didn t disappoint all Paul s books are extremely well researched love his writing,,, will read anything about Jack the Ripper. London 1888 Whitechapel District Adjacent to a port this is where the lower working class of london 19th century belonged Home to the Sewage cleaners, bottom manufacturers, poster makers, day labourers, The Whitechapel district, together with the East End, was an embarrassment to the elite London society, a breeding ground for criminals, prostitutes, and layabouts a centre for depravity, degradation and disease The immigrants, including the Jews, from different parts of the world coming to settle in the then greatest city of earth found themselves in the workhouses, crowded around 30 60 renters per building with a common kitchen But something wrong was going on the dark gas lit streets in that foggy autumn The mutilated bodies of prostitutes are found on after another in the streets backyards staircases, dark alleys of Commercial Street, Buck s row, mitre square of the district Some believed it was a maniac running loose and some believed it was a ghost who floats around with a knife in hand and choosing its victims among the unfortunates strolling at night for some money Nevertheless no women in the city felt safe The killer would not only cut their throats but also take out various organs from the body only to be discovered at the morgue The case fell upon the Scotland Yard detective Mr Abberline, only to remain unsolved even after a centenary Anonymous letter started to come in the press and police departments and one of the famous ones was the dear boss letter from JACK THE RIPPER This is only name that s still accounted for the killer The murders abruptly stopped as it has begun Many theorists then and now concluded that the mad man or men actually died or was were arrested unknowingly The then police authority thought that the killer s had some knowledge of the anatomy Many thought it was a Jew immigrant as no English man can do this But after a centenary of speculation and myths which now shrouds the case, the two famous ripperologist Paul Begg and John Bennet brought THE COMPLETE AND ESSENTIAL JACK THE RIPPER in which they unwind the myths from the actual case describing in detail the last known whereabouts of the unfortunate victims and the discovery of their mutilated bodies by the watchmen roaming the streets with lanterns The event was highlighted by local national and international press and even queen Victoria commented on the murder This book is divided into two parts the first sited the detailed account of the event obtained from then police files and media coverage and the next will differentiate the actual account and the myths and theories that got along with the murders Written beautifully in simple language it s very hard to drop A must read for all crime enthusiasts. The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper is as the title suggests a book about Jack the Ripper It is split up into three parts The Whitechapel Murders, Theories and Mythologies.The first part, which is the longest, is essentially what happened back in 1888 1889 It gives us the stories of nine possible Jack the Ripper murders We are told how each body was found, who they were, how they spent their last day In total as much as we probably know about the victims And we are told how the press and the public reacted.I really liked this part It was my favorite, and also the reason why I read this book It is written very factually, I could maybe have wished that it was a little relatable, but I guess that is hard when it was so long ago, we don t know that much and it has to be completely factual What this part was missing for me though was a map I have lived in London for half a year, but I don t think I know any of the streets I should say that street names might not be my forte I just think this would have been an easy way to make the book accessible.The second part was about all the theories that has benn put forth since the murders began up until now This was all right, I did want to hear some theories, but maybe I didn t need that many And the way the authors assumes that the reader remembers every single peripheral charecter and also every single theory didn t work for me It was very hard to keep everybody straight Especially when a new theory was refered to as a remake of a previous one and nothing else But there were some really interesting ideas over the years, and it was fun to read about the changes in theories as the times change and as information became avaliable.The third and final part was weird to me I guess it was about the legend of Jack the Ripper and how he is still remembered, but I found this part to be all over the place There was a chapter on how Women Against Violence Against Women were against many of things happening around the centennial anniversary Then there was a chapter that just seemed to list all the movies and tv shows about Jack the Ripper, something I would have been just as happy looking up on wikipedia There were some gold nuggets in this part, but overall it just seemed like an afterword gone out of control I think it would have benefited from being shortened and made into a epilogue So all in all I thought the book was great in the beginning and then got a little boring as it got along I would recomend it if you want to know about Ripper, but know that the latter part of the book is suited to be skimmed. Book which covers the crimes, the suspects and the theories but doesn t expect you to accept that the author has solved the ultimate question. `Kindle ☄ The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper ✑ Discover The Truth Behind The Myth In The Complete Jack The Ripper By Paul Begg And John Bennett Whitechapel, A Spate Of Brutal Murders Becomes The Most Notorious Criminal Episode In London S History The Killer, Chillingly Nicknamed The Whitechapel Murderer , Leather Apron And, Most Famously, Jack The Ripper , Is Never Brought To Justice For The Slaughter And Mutilation Of At Least Five Women In The Slums Of East London But The Mystery Is Deepened By A Letter Sent From Hell To Scotland Yard, Accompanied By Half Of A Preserved Human Kidney In This Comprehensive Account Of London S Most Infamous Killer, The Foremost Authorities On The Case Explore The Facts Behind The Most Grisly Episode Of The Victorian Era Setting The Scene In The Impoverished East End, The Authors Meticulous Research Offers Detailed Accounts Of The Lives Of The Victims And An Examination Of The Police Investigation The Complete Jack The Ripper Is The Definitive Book By Paul Begg And John Bennett, Exploring Both The Myth And Reality Behind The Allusive Killer Paul Begg And John Bennett Are Researchers And Authors, Widely Recognized As Authorities On Jack The Ripper Paul Begg S Books Include Jack The Ripper The Facts, Jack The Ripper The Definitive History, And He Is A Co Author Of The Jack The Ripper A To Z John Bennett Has Written Numerous Articles And Lectured Frequently On Jack The Ripper And The East End Of London He Has Acted As Adviser To And Participated In Documentaries Made By Television Channels Worldwide And Was The Co Writer For The Successful Channel Programme Jack The Ripper The Definitive Story He Is Author Of E A Journey Through Whitechapel And Spitalfields And Co Author Of Jack The Ripper CSI Whitechapel