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Helen

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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"
    "Dull"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?


    Far too much time was devoted to the reading out of coroner's notes verbatim. Instead of ' the witness described the man as looking like a sailor or dock worker' we're treated to an endless list of coroner's questions and one word answers.
    The conclusions drawn by the author were far reaching in the extreme. I could understand the reasoning behind the conclusion that the Ripper was a merchant seaman;that was sensible and feasible. However, to state that two crimes were positively linked because they were both unsolved is not even circumstantial evidence and then to state that the whereabouts of such and such was unknown at a certain time so he could have been in London was bizarre, so could thousands of other men. The author dismisses the FBI profile, but then uses it to suit his suspect, discounts certain individuals on the basis of age but then dismisses the barriers to age.
    Took far to long to get to the authors analysis which then jetted off in one direction making random assumptions on the way.
    Finishes the whole piece with a dig at modern day policing and ripperologists who are apparently all deluded and obsessed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Black Dahlia Avenger Steve Hodel


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Over pronounced each and every word. Clear is one thing but this was like something out of My Fair Lady


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation?

    It's okay to summarise the Coroners court evidence,once the scene has been set and it is clear that the information comes from reports


    Any additional comments?

    Very dissappointed

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