The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper

The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper

by Maxim Jakubowski

Enlisting in the hundred-year-old debate about the identity of the world's first serial killer, this Mammoth investigation introduces the facts of the famous case and presents some of the most convincing, if conflicting, theories of the murderer's identity.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Crime
  • Rating: 3.80
  • Pages: 512
  • Publish Date: April 20th 1999 by Running Press
  • Isbn10: 0786706260
  • Isbn13: 9780786706266

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The next section consists of essays from various authors, putting forward their picks for the most likely suspect or debunking others or examining their pet theories. (For instance, the last one doesn't bother naming names - instead it opts to develop a labyrinthian theory that the Ripper did it all to bring about the end of the world based on ancient Sun Worship and magic numbers and...

Was ist im Leben dieses Menschen vorgefallen, was für eine Kindheit hat er erlebt, wie kann es sein, dass jemandem so etwas Befriedigung verschafft? Es geht nur darum, dass der Leser erst einmal die harten Fakten kennt, bevor er sich mit den einzelnen Theorien befasst. Das Buch ist nämlich nicht das Werk eines einzelnen Autors, sondern verschiedene sogenannte Ripperologists stellen ihre Theorien vor. Die zu lesen hat mir wirklich großen Spaß gemacht, falls man bei diesem Thema von Spaß reden kann, ich will mal eher sagen, sie haben mich größtenteils fasziniert. (Die Theorie über Feigenbaum kannte ich schon und fand sie vorher bereits ziemlich überzeugend.) Der erste Artikel über Joseph Barnett hat mich nicht überzeugt, da ich sein Motiv nicht ausreichend fand, doch im zweiten Artikel über ihn lief es mir dann eiskalt den Rücken herunter, und zwar wegen eines Details, auf das hier schwerpunktmäßig eingegangen wird: Noch bevor Joseph Barnett aus Mary Jane Kellys Unterkunft auszog, ging der Schlüssel verloren. Insgesamt bietet das Buch einen umfassenden Überblick über die im Laufe der Jahrzehnte aufgestellten Theorien und gibt dem Leser so die Möglichkeit, sich ein eigenes Bild zu machen. Das Buch ist daher eine absolute Empfehlung für alle, die ebenso wie ich vom Fall Jack the Ripper fasziniert sind.

This collection of essays is fascinating, not so much for what it tells us about Jack the Ripper as for what it tells us about his historiography and historiographers. I said to my husband that if I were ever to teach a course in argumentation and/or historiography, I would assign The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper, because it offers such a compact smorgasbord of rhetorical tricks and logical flaws and the way we bend history when we try to write about it.

At the end, there is a bit more on Further Evidence which goes over some of the lesser suspects not focused on in the bulk of the Current Views as well as the possibility of other victims. As an introduction to the topic, I wanted something that laid out all the facts and theories without any one bias so I wasnt walking away from the book with a one-sided point of view.

The first time I read a Ripper book was when I was 13, and it was one of those kind of books, so I spent a few years thinking that Joseph Barnett really was the Ripper, until I realized that there were a lot of other Ripper books out there that had entirely different suspects and were actually just as 'convincing'. I like this book because it gives a background of the cases first and presents different theories. Well this wasn't exactly a flowing read, but it is what it says it is on the cover and it's less likely to mislead new (and especially younger) readers because the facts are laid out in the beginning and the book presents several theories instead of just one.

While slightly repetitive and maybe slightly outdated, it provides a lot of useful information for someone writing a book or someone (like me) who is just interested in the legend of Jack the Ripper. "The Jack the Ripper Whitechapel Murders" by Sue and Andy Parlour was far and away my favorite essay in the book. I don't think their theory is correct, but I love a good conspiracy. I plan on reading their whole book sometime soon because I think it will be a good story.

He has worked in book publishing for many years, which he left to open the Murder One bookshop1, the UK's first specialist crime and mystery bookstore. He is one the leading editors in the crime and mystery and erotica field, in which he has published many major anthologies.