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Who was Jack the Ripper ?

A question that's been asked hundreds of times with no answer who was JTR. The following is a list of recommended non-ficton and fictionalized books based on the crimes for these with a instead in the unsolved Victorian case that has fascinated many generations of true crime readers. 


Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson – by Richard A. Patterson

Most readers will pick this book up expecting it to be just another Jack the Ripper book telling the usual story of poor fallen women murdered by a ghastly unseen hand and how incompetent the police of the day where . However Mr Patterson has created some thing quite unique he foces solely on his suspect Mr Francis Thompson leaving all details about the crimes and investigation out.  Instead he builds the reader a very detailed picture of Thompson's life and why he believes he was JTR . At no point do feel you that the Mr Patterson is forcing his views upon you, ultimately the decision as to Thompson's guilt is left to the reader to decide.


Amanda Havery Purse

The wonderful Amanda has graciously had a chat with me about her book Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales - A Jack the Ripper Novel .

 

Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales -  A Jack the Ripper Novel was first published way back in 2013. It was my second published book, coming after Jack the Ripper's Many Faces, which was a whole different kettle of fish compared to Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales.

 

The main reason why I wanted to write something as dark and haunting as Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales was because I am a avid reader of Dickens and Poe, there are even a few haunting tales from Conan Doyle I have read in the past that have stayed with me too, but more than that, these stories have always made me question if I could write something like that. Could I write a gothic Victorian novel with dark undertones but at same time be a story that makes you want to know more about not only the Jack the Ripper crime but the big players within it? It was an experiment to myself really, I never imagined that other people would like it as much as they have. However, I am glad they do because it means that my characters that have sat in my head for a while are being shared, they are being enjoyed and that means a lot, it's just so touching to me.

 

I knew I wanted to write a story from the feelings of one the victims for a while. A daunting task, considering I will never meet them and I could get them all wrong but I wanted to express what I think when I think of them. To me, they were not a means to an end, they were not a thing for us to describe what was done to them. They were living, breathing people that must of had thoughts and feelings of there own. I hope in Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales, I do the victims proud in some strange way. 

 

My ideas for my stories comes to me in various forms. My brain has this way of remembering moments, of things I have heard, read and seen without me even knowing it has and then for some strange reason those things can pluck themselves into the front of my head while I'm writing. For example, in Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales I have Thomas Dunn waking up with colours and shapes in his eyes. A small, perhaps unimportant event in the story, but nevertheless that comes a moment when I was a toddler, I fell asleep with the sunlight coming through the windows and I woke with shapes and colours in my eyes. I remember wondering why my eyes were doing that and that memory stayed with me and decided to put itself in my story at that moment.

 

There are other memories I have used, such as there is an important moment when Thomas Dunn is in a small park looking at a statue of William Shakespeare. This place actually exists, it is behind Wood Street Police Station in London, when I visited it, an odd thought hit me that the statue looked like how i imagined the door knocker in The Christmas Carol to look like and that thought took off. 

 

As to the facts of the Jack the Ripper case mentioned within my stories, they are planned as far as I know I am ALWAYS going to put them in to my fictional stories but they are also not planned, because I never know when they will appear. For someone that is organised in her day to day life, I mean I have lists for lists, people! But when I write fictional stuff I never know what I am going to write when I sit down to write a chapter, it flows easily, it doesn't give me a headache and I very much enjoy writing it and for those reasons the stories can become very close to me.

 

One thing the reader probably doesn't know? Well, although Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales, is my second published novel it is actually my third written novel. I have not published my first ever novel on the Jack the Ripper case, it is completed and if you think Jack the Ripper's Many Faces, Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales or even The Strange case of Caroline Maxwell has factual elements within them, well all I can say is, you have not read anything yet! But I have one...huge... problem, at the moment it's the size of War and Peace!

 

The cover? I am very lucky indeed. I have an Sister in Law that is extremely talented in everything she does. She did the cover for Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales and The Strange case of Caroline Maxwell. I give her my story to read and she comes up with the cover, all I tell her is that I want something personal to me on it. There actually is on both of the covers, some small detail that just means something to me. Much like a certain running theme that I have inside both of books, it maybe a small thing, a small detail that probably won't mean anything to the reader or the story but means quite a lot to me.

 

It is something of myself that I have shared with the reader, (whether they know they are seeing or reading it) as a thank you for reading my words.

 

Thank you Amanda

 

If you haven't already I highly recommend you read Amanda book my review and can be found below along side a link where you can purchase the book.


Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales - A Jack the Ripper Novel Paperback – 23 Aug 2013 by Amanda Harvey Purse (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Bodies-Do-Tell-Tales/dp/

 

Jack the Ripper in fiction

 

Amanda Harvey Purse what can I say amazing I loved this book could and not put it down. 

 

The story line jumps between the years 1888 and 1889 the place London your hosts for this intriguing murder mystery are Mary Kelly the fifth victim of Jack the Ripper victim and the other Thomas Dunn a writer and I'm not telling you any more because you really should read this book. There is so much I could tell but won't all you need to know is that Amanda has mixed alot facts relating to the Jack the Ripper case amongst fiction to create amazing story.

 

Definitely a five star read.

 

 Why has this book not got more reviews on Amazon?


Jack and Old Jewry: The City of London Policemen Who Hunted The Ripper Kindle Editionby Amanda Harvey Purse

See review in the History and True Crime section.


Otto Penzler

https://www.amazon.co.uk

 

The ultimate compendium of the legacy and legend of history's most notorious murderer.

 

 

Synopsis

 

The predatory ritual, the escalating savagery of the crimes, the grisly trophies taken from his victim's bodies, the games played with his pursuers, the cannibalism: Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in London's East End during the autumn of 1888 casts a long shadow. Many have murdered more, but few have killed so brutally and none have forged such an enduring legend. For a century and a quarter the Ripper's crimes have appalled and fascinated in equal measure, inspiring over one hundred theories about this prototypical serial killer's identity and spawning thousands of works of fiction. This collection is the ultimate exploration of the Ripper legend. It sifts through Jack's legacy, blending the true story (told via contemporary reports and a century's worth of the best analysis) with the best crime and horror fiction his depraved deeds have inspired. Some of these stories are classics, some have been written especially for this volume. Including writing from Jeffery Deaver, Anne Perry, George Bernard Shaw, Ellery Queen, Boris Akunin, Ramsey Campbell, Harlan Ellison and Robert Bloch.

 


Robin Odell

Two interesting books by a great author

 

Ripperoloy ; a study of the world's first serial killer and literary and phenomenal

 

Jack the Ripper in fact and fiction


Jack the Ripper in fiction

If you like to read fiction here a few of the books I have come across that have have based around the unsolved Victorian murders.  

 

Fearar In Fiction. Jack the Ripper A Trilogy of Terror by Steve Jessup the book contains three short stories the first is intitled "Rise of the Ripper" the second is titled "Under the lamp" and the third and final story is "The opium conspiracy" all three are well written and gripping well worth reading available from Amazon in Kindle format.

                                 

My Ripper Hunting days by Bernard Boley  (A review can be find in the fiction section)

 

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes


Suspect book's

There are many suspects in the Jack the Ripper case and as such there quite a few books on the subject, the following books are just a small selection of what is available. 

                                                      

 Prince of Quacks: The Notorious Life of Dr. Francis Tumblety, Charlatan and Jack the Ripper by Timothy B. Riordan

                                                 

Frederick Baily Deeming Jack the Ripper or something worse by Mike Covell looks at the con man and wife murderer Frederick Baily Deeming ( a review of which can be found in the history and crime section of this site)

                                            

Blood Harvest by David Andersen looks at the suspect Montague John Druitt

                                               

"Prisoner 4374" by AJ.Griffiths-Jones looks at Dr. Neil Cream also know as the Lambeth poisoner ( a review can be found in the authors page on this site)

                                       

Jack the Ripper the Simple Truth by Bruce Paley looks at Joseph Barnett

                                      

Jack The Ripper Unmasked by William Beadle

 


Recommended reading by readers

 

Here is a list of recommendations from a lovely gentleman called Bruce Collie who I send a huge thank you to.

 

JTR Definitive Casebook - Richard Whittington Egan.

The Complete JTR - Philp Sugden.

Capturing JTR - Neil Bell.

The London of JTR Then and Now - Rob Clack and Philip Hutchinson.

The JTR Sourcebook Stewart Evans and Keith Skinner.

Ripper Confidential 

CSI Whitechapel - Paul Begg and John Bennett.

JTR The Final Solution - Stephen Knight.

The Man Who Hunted JTR - Nicholas Connell and Stewart Evans.

Casebook JTR - Richard Whittington Egan.e

Ripperland by Andrew Firthads

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Next we have a recommendation from the lovely Amanda Lloyd

The Jack the Ripper Locations Photographs by Philip Hutchinson.

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Next up we have David Hall's recommended ripper reads interesting to see these gentlemen have chosen some of the same books a good indication how good these books are.

They All Love Jack - Bruce ; Scotland Yard Investigates - s evans ; JTR Black Magic Rituals - Ivor Edwards ; Who killed Little Johnny Gill - Kathryn McMaster ; Ripperland - Andrew Firth ; CSI Whitechapel ; Sugden ; Bank Holiday Murders ; Sourcebook ; London of JTR then and Now........

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Next we have a recommendation from the lovely Anne Sliter from Galveston USA

 

Autumn Of Terror : Jack The Ripper His Crimes and Times by Tom Cullen

 

 

 

Recommended by Ricky Cobb

 

The Diary of Jack the Ripper: Research and Conclusion

 

Available at http://www.crimeconference.com/shop/diary-jack-ripper-research-conclusion/

 

 His second recommendation is

 

 Scotland Yard Investigates by Stewart Evans and Don Rumbelow

 

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Recommended by author Steve Jessup

 

 

Beginners should start with the following: 1:The Complete History Of Jack The Ripper by Philip Sugden. 2:The Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper my Maxim Jakubowski And Nathan Braund. 3:The Jack The Ripper A to Z by Paul Begg, Martin Fido And Keith Skinner. This will give them the basic knowledge they will need to progress onto the suspect books without falling into "He did it trap." that most authors of suspect books want their readers to fall into. 

 


ONE AUTUMN IN WHITECHAPEL BY M.P. PRIESTLEY

Myself would recommend the above mentioned book

 

Synopsis

 

One Autumn In Whitechapel" is the eagerly-awaited Jack the Ripper epic by M.P. Priestley - entirely, and exclusively, from the original files and reports. Four years in the making, there are no conspiracy theories or wild guesses in the book - the entire text is exclusively from original accounts, cross-referenced with modern-day profiling, serial killer/murder unit methods and techniques to, for the first time, expose the grim, historically-accurate reality of the events that took place and the man who committed them.

 

Available online from  https://www.ripperworld.net