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Jack the Ripper: First American Serial Killer (utgåvan 1996)

av Stewart P. Evans

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Does the bloody trail of Jack the Ripper finally lead to America? This headline-making book offers convincing proof that the serial killer who terrorized London in 1888 was, in fact, an American. Spurred by the startling discovery of a letter written by a Scotland Yard inspector, two veteran police investigators have traced the shadowy movements of a self-styled "doctor" from St. Louis who had a criminal record spanning both sides of the Atlantic. Two decades after the Ripper's murderous spree, Inspector John George Littlechild, then retired, laments in his fateful letter: "to my mind a very likely [suspect] . . . was an American quack named Francis Tumblety. . . his feelings toward women were remarkable and bitter in the extreme." Littlechild expresses dismay that Tumblety, who was in custody only briefly, was ever granted bail, enabling him to flee London-just as the murders ended. The Littlechild letter, printed in this book, provides crucial details either overlooked by police officials at the time of the investigation or later suppressed because they would reveal the same officials had allowed their prime suspect to slip through their fingers. Sifting through the entire historical record and their own surprising discoveries, Stewart Evans and Paul Gainey have created a true-life detective story that will fascinate all readers of Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens. Vividly evoking the mean streets of Victorian London and the wave of terror that swept the city with the Ripper's grisly crimes, they convincingly paint a portrait of history's most infamous serial killer.… (mer)
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Titel:Jack the Ripper: First American Serial Killer
Författare:Stewart P. Evans
Info:Kodansha America (1996), Hardcover, 293 pages
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Evans and Gainey have suggested a "new" suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. He was an American in London at the time of the murders. Actually, this suspect was not new, but was suspected at the time, as well, but some of the info had been hidden or lost. The book starts in the U.S., then moves to London to describe the murders, the investigators looking for the Ripper, and it also looks at a few of the other suspects. The authors then describe how Dr. Francis Tumblety could very well have been Jack the Ripper. I think it is plausible, but at the same time, I don't really think they'll ever find out for sure who it was, as fascinating as the topic is. There were a few dry parts to the book, which is why I couldn't quite give it a full 4 stars, but I'm impressed with the info they've provided and they even added in a couple of surprises that I didn't expect. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 5, 2019 |
This book was intense.I have always felt the Sugden book was the definitive Ripper book.I would now place it equal with this book.Evans and Gainey offer hundreds of transcripts from Scotland Yard,newspapers,witness accounts and personal files.I have always felt the Doctor was the most probable Ripper suspect.After reading this,I DO feel Tumblety is quite probably Jack the Ripper.This book sheds new light on the crimes and presents the fact that there was more than 1 murderer committing murders at the time.Interesting,intense read and alot of food for thought! Excellent!! ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
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Does the bloody trail of Jack the Ripper finally lead to America? This headline-making book offers convincing proof that the serial killer who terrorized London in 1888 was, in fact, an American. Spurred by the startling discovery of a letter written by a Scotland Yard inspector, two veteran police investigators have traced the shadowy movements of a self-styled "doctor" from St. Louis who had a criminal record spanning both sides of the Atlantic. Two decades after the Ripper's murderous spree, Inspector John George Littlechild, then retired, laments in his fateful letter: "to my mind a very likely [suspect] . . . was an American quack named Francis Tumblety. . . his feelings toward women were remarkable and bitter in the extreme." Littlechild expresses dismay that Tumblety, who was in custody only briefly, was ever granted bail, enabling him to flee London-just as the murders ended. The Littlechild letter, printed in this book, provides crucial details either overlooked by police officials at the time of the investigation or later suppressed because they would reveal the same officials had allowed their prime suspect to slip through their fingers. Sifting through the entire historical record and their own surprising discoveries, Stewart Evans and Paul Gainey have created a true-life detective story that will fascinate all readers of Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens. Vividly evoking the mean streets of Victorian London and the wave of terror that swept the city with the Ripper's grisly crimes, they convincingly paint a portrait of history's most infamous serial killer.

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