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. His long and arduous investigation dispels the rumours, fantasies, and urban legends that have for so long stalked through the shadowy world of this vile killer. The results are startling: for many years it has been accepted that Jack the Ripper killed only five. But now, it can be revealed that up to nine were victims.
And, most astonishing of all, a new prime suspect never previously considered has emerged, with evidence linking him not only to the Whitechapel cases, but to murders all over the world. Jack the Ripper: the 21st Century Investigations reveals the Ripper's true identity at last, and the fate that befell him.
©2007 John Blake Publishing (P)2012 Prospero Media
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Probably not. The details are pretty gruesome, so once is enough.
Patricia Cornwell's "Jack the Ripper: Case Closed"
The author identifies a suspect I'd never heard of before, and makes a compelling case for his theory.
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.
This is a fascinating look at the investigations into the ripper killings. The daily lives of the victims is vividly illustrated by the testimony of the people who knew them personally as well as the police and examiners who worked the case. The actual facts of this case are more compelling than any fictional account. These accounts serve to underscore the absolutely brutal and soulless nature of the killer.
This book has received some negative reviews on amazon.com. One of the main complaints is that this is a rehash of other books. A good deal of this book does come from verbatim testimony taken during the investigations. This is necessary detail for a serious investigation that adds to the credibility of the work.
The author, Trevor Marriott; a retired police investigator, does raise some very worthwhile points and challenges some long accepted points in the case.
- The Goulston Street graffito; the famous "The Juews..." message, long assumed to be the work of the killer, may have and may not have had anything to do with the killings.
- While not new, Marriott explores killings beyond the canonical five victims that may have been the work of Jack the Ripper.
- Many more...
Fantasy and Romance Author
Wow, this book sure could have used a book doctor or decent editor to improve the pacing and structure. It actually presents an interesting and plausible theory as to Jack the Ripper's identity, but feels plodding and padded, probably because a lot of extraneous material was included to expand what should have been an article-length work into a book.
Marriott pads the first 9-10 chapters with exhaustive excerpts from the original coroners' inquests, then spends the next 16 chapters examining existing suspects and theories (and dismissing the work of others because of lack of evidence...ironic, because Marriott's own pet theory relies just as heavily on speculation and circumstantial "if blah-blah-blah, then suspect COULD HAVE..." types of statements), as well as describing his own failed lines of investigation.
Just when I thought this audiobook would never end, we got an extra-long Chapter 28 with a very interesting and plausible (albeit unprovable) assertion as to the identity of Jack the Ripper, and how the Whitechapter murders can be linked to similar killings in Germany and the US.
Never thought to find a book about Jack the Ripper boring, but here you have it. Not recommended for anyone but hard-core Ripperologists.
The narrator of this book sounds like an automaton, though the book is poorly written to begin with so it's not like he had a lot to work with. Every other sentence starts with the word "however". Its use is gratingly repetitive. The author of this book seems to think too highly of his theories and his investigational inquiries. I didn't mind the lengthy section of coroners' notes and witness testimony. Truth be told that was the most interesting part. The last few chapters absolutely reek of pomposity and self aggrandizement. He makes passive aggressive remarks about other published Ripperologists and then has the chutzpah to declare that he, and he alone, has found out the true identity
of Jack the Ripper.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
analysis of the "Whitechapel Murders." The two reviewers that complain that the book is "dull" and "repetitive" clearly do not understand that this book is not a cheap pot-boiler meant solely to thrill and chill but rather a thorough attempt to go back and research crimes committed during a time when "forensics" did not even include finger-printing, let alone DNA analysis, and try to systematically put together the pieces in a way that might reveal the truth. So...is this a book for the critically and historically minded?--yes. A book for those seeking gratuitous guts and gore and the vicarious thrill of gothic blood-letting?--no. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other places the latter can turn and not nearly enough for the former. So those of us in the former category are grateful for Marriott's "Ripper."
film history lady
I liked the exhaustive archival detective work, and the very clear way in which the evidence was put forward.
Yes, the writing is fairly dry. Gilligan brings personality and emotion to the material.
I was on the edge of my seat toward the end.
I am convinced that Marriott is correct and has, after more than a century, solved the mystery.
Not really. As a reference book, I think this would be helpful with all the detail, but I found that that did not translate well into a recorded book. So much of the first volume sounded like a reading of the transcript of the coroner's inquest. I found this to be pretty slow and not engaging. Also, the narration was done with little inflection and something approaching a monotone.
Summarize more of the records that were read, presumably, in their entirety.
This recorded book might work well for a researcher but I did not enjoy it.
Technophile, science geek, music lover. Works for a community bank that puts its profits back into local community agreed projects.
Author vainly claims to have solved the ripper cases by positing an implausible candidate with a dissimilar modus operandi by positing a combination of 'if's and 'could have's without doing the real work he claims to be doing as an investigator. The narrator was stilted and pompous sounding, not competent.
Yes, but I would probably give it a year or so in between. It is definitely one for people who regularly take a long plane trip or bus ride.
Probably the author himself, his experience and insights as a former detective were always present in the background. It's as much a story of his determined quest for the truth as it is about the ripper and his victims. I also found some of the Victorian witnesses and suspects to be absolutely fascinating.
It was extremely clear and measured. When dealing with such detailed information, his delivery made it easier to follow. My only criticism would be that with somewhat dry material he didn't do much to liven it up. Otherwise excellent. His pronunciation was perfect and he made no errors at all as far as I could tell.
No. It is clearly marked out into chapters in different sections, including a detailed chapter on each victim in turn. I would say you wouldn't want to listen to more than one section at a time. One thing I have to warn listeners about is that this is a thorough investigation done by a police professional, and much of the early chapters of the book are word for word transcripts from the witness depositions. There is a lot of repetition of certain witness testimonies, and multiple perspectives on identical incidents. This has the advantage of providing the listener with every minute detail of the case, but it can be a little tedious to listen to if you aren't into that sort of thing. This isn't one of those sensationalist ripper true crime junk novels. For much of the book I had the impression of being a juror in a murder trial, wading through a lot of facts and witness statements. Be prepared! Personally I enjoy that sort of thing, I'd rather have the plain facts than be pandered to.
The first part of the book deals exhaustively with the background of the ripper murders, goes into each victim, describes every single detail- where the bodies were found, the sequence of events etc. We hear statements from police and witnesses directly as transcribed. By the end of this we are as familiar with the murders, crime scenes, witnesses and victims as it is possible to be.
Now for hard core ripper enthusiasts, a lot of this might be very familiar territory, and as I already said it necessarily involves a lot of repetition.
The next section deals with the suspects and ripper letters. Each one is dealt with thoroughly and it is clearly shown why they must be discounted.
Finally, we follow the author's investigations into the real killer. Some people may be disappointed that so much of the book is dedicated to giving the background of the murders and suspects, rather than going straight into the new information, however I feel it was actually necessary to meticulously build a case first.
After listening to this book, I am convinced that Trevor Marriott is correct, I believe he has solved the mystery once and for all. It might not be conclusive enough for some, and not sensationalized enough for others, but from the point of view of an academic investigation the circumstantial evidence is compelling and plausible.
I highly recommend this book to everyone; especially those unfamiliar with the details of the ripper case. I believe it is the most comprehensive and methodical book to deal with this subject. It must be kept in mind that this has been written by a former detective who applied modern investigative methods to the evidence, and therefore some people may find it a little dry. The genius of Mr Marriott is not his ability to spin a great yarn, it's precisely the opposite: the stripping away of the hype and myth surrounding the case until the truth stands out. Having said that, it is certainly a fascinating story. I think by including so many details, it gave me a snapshot of Victorian life and attitudes that are usually glossed over in books of this type. For example, the notion that a photograph of one of the victims might show a lingering impression or reflection of the killer in her eyes was treated quite seriously by the court and the physicians!
I would recommend this book as a comprehensive analysis of the ripper murders, as a fascinating snapshot of Victorian society, and as a compelling argument for the identity of the killer, as long as you are prepared to cover some familiar ground, and to realize this isn't a crime thriller. Mr Marriott comes across as an unassuming gentleman, and the book gets off to a slow start, but don't underestimate his power to build a watertight case; his conclusions will stay with you long after the final chapter.
Although I read all types of "books" I usually review non-fiction. I have found that reviews of fiction are easily available while many people shy away from the "harder" non-fiction reads. In my opinion, many good reads are thus lost to the average person. I especially enjoy history - both past and present, individuals and countries.
A new theory on the identity of the Ripper. The author starts with all the information available on each murder (police, coroner report, etc.) then continues in the same manner with all the past and current Ripper identities. The organization of data in this manner brings to light some very interesting conclusions. The author thoroughly supports his new entry into the ongoing Ripper mystery.
This started badly.. with chapters simply reading out the verbatim proceedings of the Coroner's court.
Coroner: Did you see the body?
Coroner: Did you see anyone else?
Witness: I did not
It would have been far better to write a summary! Presented this way, it was terribly boring.
A potentially interesting narrative .. ruined by a reader.. who sounds like a child trying to read out loud.
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