The Ultimate Jack the Ripper Sourcebook: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
Stewart P. Evans & Keith Skinner
The indispensable guide to the murders to those of us who don't have easy access to the Metropolitan Police archives or the British Library.
Evans and Skinner's book carefully documents every letter, police officer, eye witness statement, suspect and press report that is known about the case in an easy-to-find format.
Armed with this book, even the most casual of armchair sleuths can look up almost any aspect of the case and be assured that they are reading something accurate.
With no axe to grind or overarching theory to fulfill, the books is refreshingly free from speculation or fact-twisting, and simply lists what it needs to list in an accessible format.
For anyone with anything more than a passing interesting in the Jack the Ripper case, Evans and Skinner's book is nothing less than essential reading.
For anyone looking for a narrative account of the Autumn Of Terror, however, this book is superceded by Sugden.
Paul Carpenter: 2014-09-08