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Posts Tagged ‘Colin Wilson’

Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

‘Non-fiction’ although sometimes it’s very hard to tell …

Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – The Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper (Robinson, 1999: new edition, 2008)


Maxim Jakubowski – Introduction
Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Introduction to the First Edition

Undisputed Facts

A Complete Chronology of the Whitechapel Murders
Just the Facts

Key Texts

Witness Statements
Autopsy Reports
The “Ripper Letters”
Police Views
Disputed Texts

Current Views

William Beadle – The Real Jack the Ripper
Mark Daniel – How Jack the Ripper Saved the Whitechapel Murderer
Stewart P Evans – My Life and Jack the Ripper New
Martin Fido – David Cohen and the Polish Jew Theory
Paul Harrison – Catch Me When You Can
Shirley Harrison – The Diary of Jack the Ripper
Bruce Paley – The Facts Speak For Themselves
Euan Macpherson – The Case of William Bury New
Gary Rowlands – The Mad Doctor
M J Trow – The Way to Hell
James Tully – Was James Kelly “Jack the Ripper”?
Peter Turnbull – Jack the Ripper: Man or Myth
Nick Warren, FRCS – The Great Conspiracy
Derek Raymond – Jack the Ripper, a Novelist’s Speculation New
Trevor Marriott – Carl Feigenbaum: aka Jack the Ripper New
Colin Wilson – A Lifetime in Ripperology
Barry Forshaw – Patricia Cornwell Names the Ripper New

Further Evidence

Other Suspects
Other Victims?
Weather Report


Uncredited cover artwork for 1999 edition.

These articles appeared in the 1st edition but were deemed surplus to requirements for the 2008 version.

Melvyn Fairclough – In Quest Of Jack The Ripper
Sue & Andy Parlour – The Jack The Ripper Whitechapel Murders
Simon Whitechapel – Guts ‘n Roses: The Coming Apocalypse Of the Ripper Millennium
A. P. Wolf – Jack The Myth

i’ve got a very real loathing of the whole Ripper industry, in particular those seriously disturbing ghouls who enhance the Mary Kelly photo to emphasise the extent of her mutilation and post the results on, but I read the first edition cover to cover and thought it was great. Now it looks like it’s time for a rematch as there’s a new edition and, but for a very few exceptions, i can no longer remember which articles did it for me back in 1999 and why? Simon Whitechapel’s piece on the occult symbolism of it all (dropped from the 2008) certainly stayed in my mind as it totally bamboozled me, but, far more my type of thing, M. J. Trow’s The Way To Hell builds up a strong case against philanthropist Frederick Charrington – only to dismantle it at the last when he admits the whole piece has been a conceit to demonstrate how easy it is to invent your own Ripper suspect. And then there’s the Barbours who seem to think Dr. Barnado had more to do with it than you might think ….

Thanks to Sam and Georgie Askew at Constable & Robinson!

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