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Subject: Patricia Cornwell's 'Jack the Ripper'
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:37 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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 Just Posted  'patricia Cornwell's'   'Portrait of  A Killer'  Jack the Ripper (Case Closed.)   'Hard Back'

 The book is so interesting.  It's Chocked full of Actual Pictures of the Victims and The letters written by 'Jack the ripper' to the police.  also Pictures of ' Actual Documents' Pertaining to the Case.  Book is in excellent Condition (Jacket Included)

Just thought I would post here in case anyone was interested.  Thanks for looking.


Last Edited on: 2/8/08 10:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 11:53 PM ET
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I'm reading this book right now.  If you've read it, were you convinced that Sickert WAS, in fact, the Ripper?

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I read Case Closed last summer and found it very interesting because it was really my first in-depth look at the Ripper murders.  But I just finished reading Jack the Ripper: The Facts by Paul Begg, which I found to be far more authoritative and a little less emotionally driven, as Cornwell's book seemed to be.

After reading Cornwell's book I was moderately convinced that Sickert was the Ripper, but the evidence on her part seemed strained. After reading Begg's account, it seems as if Kosminski was the most likely Ripper suspect. But Cornwell did come up with some valuable new finds, such as confirming that Sickert did in fact write many of the Ripper letters. But that doesn't necessarily make him the Ripper, especially since he spent a large part of 1888 in France, during the times when the killings occurred.

I do not completely discredit the Cornwell version, but I find some of her conclusions speculative, as if she personally believes that Sickert was the Ripper and is trying too hard to make the facts fit him. Overall it was an interesting read, but I would recommend other books as well to balance out her opinions.