The chilling confessions of James Maybrick generated a storm of media attention when it was published in hardcover. Reviewers coast-to-coast debated whether these gruesome journal entries are the genuine work of the notorious serial killer who terrorized London or a remarkably clever hoax. This new edition provides fresh evidence, published for the first time in the US, to support its authenticity: tests of the ink and paper show they could date from the year of the murders; clues pointing to Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick were left at the crime scenes, including his wife's initials on the bedroom wall of his last victim; and new information proves Maybrick was familiar with the Whitechapel neighborhood where the murders took place and had lived there with his mistress.
The Diary of Jack the Ripper is a mesmerizing read -- a powerful and unforgettable document that offers the solution to the most famous murders of all time.
Quite a page turner, even for the most skeptical "ripper readers"
I never read any Jack the Ripper stories before, so I was really not expecting alot from this book. I was not aware that so much had been written on the topic before. With all of that being said, I must say that Harrison did a good job presenting the facts as she discovered them. The book was very interesting, and I learned a great deal about the era of Jack the Ripper as well as about Jack himself.
I would imagine any Jack the Ripper reader would want to include this in their list of readings.
Absolutely loved it! Graphic and gruesome, but incredibly suspenseful. Very well orchestrated for providing facts from multiple points of view.
One theory on the identity of the infamous murderer.
Includes the full text of the diary and the arguments for and against its authenticity
From the audiobook's back cover:
The identity of Jack the Ripper, history's first and most notorious serial killer, has confounded experts for decades. Here, at last, may be the answer to this compelling mystery. A diary found recently in Liverpool is filled with clues that identify its author as James Maybrick, a cotton merchant who died in 1889 of suspected arsenic poisoning. Although Maybrick's wife was accused of his murder, the diary indicates that his poisoning was probably the result of his own arsenic addiction, an addiction that contributed to a secret life in London - as Jack the Ripper.
The diary is the subject of considerable controversy, and a report questioning its authenticity is included here, along with a rebuttal to that report. Follow the detective work that overlays the diary with what is known about James Maybrick and Jack the Ripper and decide: Were they one and the same?
Narrated by British actor Nicholas Ball. Narrative text by Shirley Harrison and Michael Barrett.