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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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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...
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
What would have made Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation better?
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.
What was most disappointing about Trevor Marriott’s story?
A potentially interesting narrative .. ruined by a reader.. who sounds like a child trying to read out loud.
Any additional comments?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
quick to dispel others assumptions but only to quick to put forward his own.
at one point he states that know one heard anyone sounding foreign but then introduces his own forum suspect.
He has obviously done a lot of research I'm not doubting that but just poo poo's everyone else's work.
narration is a trifle dull too.