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  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Trevor Marriott
    • Narrated By Norman Gilligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    There have been countless attempts to solve the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago. It seems that almost everyone has their own theory and their own suspect, ranging from the reasonably likely to the entirely preposterous. What this most famous of British criminal cases has always required is a professional eye to analyse it with all the benefits of modern investigate techniques. Now that has been provided in the shape of the man most qualified to solve the case: former British murder-squad detective Trevor Marriott.

    Galadriel says: "A must for the Ripper-obsessed"
    "A must for the Ripper-obsessed"
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    Would you listen to Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation again? Why?

    Probably not. The details are pretty gruesome, so once is enough.


    What other book might you compare Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation to and why?

    Patricia Cornwell's "Jack the Ripper: Case Closed"


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The author identifies a suspect I'd never heard of before, and makes a compelling case for his theory.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's be clear - the author writes exactly like the former Scotland Yard investigator that he is. The book reads like a precisely written, scrupulously detailed, professionally objective crime scene report. Mariott lays the groundwork for his theory methodically, never mind if it requires that he repeat himself or that he covers familiar ground. In other words,don't expect early Patricia Cornwell. Likewise, Norman Gilligan reads the book with all the passion and drama of a courtroom stenographer.

    BUT - as the actual eyewitness testimonies given at the coroner's inquests were read, I slowly became mesmerized. This was real, not the Sherlock Holmes version seen through the lens of a novelist's imagination.

    So if you're fascinated by this most dreadful series of crimes as I am, pick this one up and stay with it. Marriott offers the most plausible solution to this 150 year old mystery that I've heard yet, and makes his argument extremely well. I believe him.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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