Serial killer doctor Henry Howard "H.H." Holmes was the most viable suspect for the 1888 Whitechapel London murders attributed to the enigma we have come to know as "Jack the Ripper". The research in this nonfiction true crime investigative journal of documents and case file historic accounts reveals startling information that leads the listener to perhaps the most hidden secrets behind the crimes. A "perfect dichotomy" that produces evidence that one man may have been a serial killer on two continents in the 19th century, responsible for the deaths of hundreds, or thousands of innocent victims.
Documentation amassed from the London Metropolitan Police, the British National Archives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the American National Archives, along with many outside sources, bring to light new testimony and eyewitness reports that help to solve these 125-year-old crimes resolving this cold case crime.
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Wish there had been more...
Since you ask, I'm not sure I would. Dane Ladwig came across as conceited, more interested in talking about the fact that he felt he solved the Jack the Ripper case than actually presenting his evidence for it.
Not stopped to ask me to purchase a hard copy of the book.
It's in dire need of a follow-up.
As I had never heard this theory before, I was intrigued. I did learn quite a bit about H.H. Holmes, previously I had only read about the Pietzl case. The idea that he could be Jack the Ripper seems plausible, but the author never really presented his evidence for thinking so. I kept waiting for a timeline of events, laying everything out, a clear presentation of the case. Everything was sort of round about and difficult to follow.
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Yes. I want to go through it with Whispersync (which the audio version encourages but apparently is not available.
Holmes has to be the star. If we made him up, no one would believe such a monster is plausible.
He managed to pronounce most of the names of people and places, not an easy feat with such a book.
The book doesn't close the case on Jack the Ripper but clearly adds some food for thought by suggesting the documented presence of Dr. H.H. Holmes in Whitechapel contemporary with the murders of Jack the Ripper. Some of the sections were disappointing in their inability to take the presence of Holmes further. The hypothesis of Holmes doing the fifth killing is an interesting one. As a novelist, there is a lot of useful reanalysis of material to fuel imaginative stories, though I think we would all trade our fanciful tales for true closure and enlightenment on this series of crimes.
- TERRY A DELBENE author of 'Dem Bon'z "author of 'Dem Bon'z"