The Complete History of Jack the Ripper

Philip Sugden, Author
Philip Sugden, Author Carroll & Graf Publishers $26 (0p) ISBN 978-0-7867-0124-7
Reviewed on: 10/31/1994
Release date: 11/01/1994
British historian-researcher Sugden here presents an exhaustive study of the Whitechapel murders of 1888 (some would say 1888-91) and examines the books by other ``Ripperologists'' to show that many have been derivative or have succumbed to the mythology surrounding the case. He makes it clear that, given the state of forensic medicine at the time, the police did good work but had almost no clues. Sugden concludes that none of the prime suspects was the Ripper, except perhaps George Chapman. Born in Poland as Severin Klosowski, he apprenticed as a surgeon; in London, where he was a hairdresser, he was suspected of several slashings but was never arrested. Included are photos and sketches of the murder locations and the women who were butchered. (Nov.)
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