This site is dedicated to all things Jack the Ripper: book reviews, movie reviews, and my thoughts about the case in general – from the suspects, to my opinions about the canonical five. I’ve been a life-long Ripperologist ever since watching the 1988 mini-series starring Michael Caine when I was ten years old, and have been researching the infamous Whitechapel murders for over twenty years. So whether you’re a hard-core Ripperologist, or just have a casual interest in the case, I hope you’ll find something of interest here.

–Brett McBean

Published on September 12, 2010 at 7:03 am  Comments (8)  

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  1. We’ve just had a doco here in Australia claiming strongly that Deeming was Jack. It was poorly produced and presented conjecture, maybes and a lot of pulling rabbits out of the hat. No, we can’t claim that the title Australian Jack the Ripper is feasible.

    • Hello Dave,

      Yes, I watched that doco the other night. A whole lot of half-truths and speculation. Deeming’s not a likely suspect, so it amazes me that they bother spending the time and money trying to prove he was the Ripper.

      Take care,

  2. G’day Brett,
    I first “encountered” Jack through a copy of Knight’s work in 1980- it gave me shivers in the dark. Moved onto Rumblelow (a seminal piece, particularly his offering of photos). Really appreciate the A-Z of Begg; et al (good contextual writing). Have always kept an open mind. The two worst egs of fanciful flight I’ve encountered are Cornwell’s laughable piece on Sickert (absurdly written) and a piece called “Uncle Jack” by Tony Williams (ludicrous guff). Your thoughts, literature wise? Cheers, Dave.

    • Hi Dave,

      As for worst Ripper books, I agree with you on Cornwell (badly written and arrogant) and Williams (uninteresting writing and tenuous link). The Knight book is, of course, pure bunkum, but it’s still a highly entertaining read. I would also add ‘The Diary’ to the fiction aisle.

      As for best, I still think Sugden’s ‘The Complete History of Jack the Ripper’ is unmatched in terms of both depth, breadth and excellent writing. Begg’s ‘The Facts’ is close behind (more detailed, but more dry, too). I also highly recommend ‘The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Sourcebook’ and if you’re interested in criminal profiling, John Douglas’s essay on the Ripper in ‘The Crimes That Haunt Us’ is excellent.

      Here’s a full list of the non-fiction Ripper books I’ve read, along with my reviews: https://saucyjacky.wordpress.com/book-reviews/non-fiction/

      All the best,

  3. It’s been a while, but thanks for the comments and the link. The search will go on, ad infinitum! Still, how would we feel if it was finally solved? A whole cottage industry would collapse. Kind regards, Dave.

  4. Hi Brett,
    Do you have anymore details on Hyam Hyams as I believe he is my 2nd Great Grandfather, being the father of Reuben Hyams?
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Ronson,

      No, I’m afraid I don’t. I’m not actively researching Hyam. You could always have a look at Casebook, see if anyone on the message board there is doing any research.

      Take care,

  5. Just viewed the SBS doco on Lechmere. Looking up internet, it seems there’s more then one person making this claim. The Casebook’s argument against “Cross” seems to pre-date it by some margin. Nothing new under the sun. I have a problem with Kelly and Eddowes. It was out of his work/travel time frame, or he must have been doing his usual work at the time- a bit obvious I would think, However, it is certainly a reasonable argument. What say you. Cheers, Dave.

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