Author: Evans (Stewart P.) & Skinner (Keith)
Year: 2004
Publisher: Sutton.
Signed by the author
Edition Details: 1st softcover edn.
Book Condition: NrVg
ISBN: 9780750925495
Price: 15.00
Softcover. SIGNED. On September 27, 1888, the Central News Agency forwarded a letter to the police, purporting to be from Jack the Ripper. This was just the first of those received in the wake of one of the most chilling episodes in London's history. Violent deaths in the East End, especially among prostitutes, were not uncommon, but the ferocity of the attacks and the mutilation of the bodies brought a new dimension of horror. It also provoked a wave of correspondence, directed at the police, certain members of the public such as Mr. Lusk, and at the news agencies. The authors have examined and evaluated all of these letters, (the full text of which is contained in this book), and offer their conclusions on the validity. Was the first letter a press trick designed to increase circulation? And were any of the letters genuine? Features all the 220+ letters, many reproduced in colour for the first time. With 100 colour and 50 b/w illus., Bibliog., Index + Index of Signatories. 306pp. 4to softcover. A book by two of the world's leading experts on Jack the Ripper, who have filled an important gap in Ripper research. It also contains a long awaited discussion on the veracity of Donald McCormick's claims. A superb work, justifying Stewart's induction into the Ripper Hall of Fame and as always with Stewart and Keith's books, highly recommended. With tipped-in labels SIGNED BY STEWART AND KEITH. With previous owner's personal b/plate to fep. First 3pp. and pp.221-306 showing signs of water damage (ie sl. 'rippled'). Nr. Vg. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage, particularly if shipped overseas.

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