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Jack the Ripper, the most famous serial killer of all time, tends to attract all kinds of weird crank theories. Sometimes these really capture the public imagination, such as the silly Royal/Masonic conspiracy theory of the 1970s, or the forged diary of the early 90s. Patricia Cornwell’s popularity ... Read review

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Rip me baby one more time

AdvantagesIt is readable, I suppose

DisadvantagesIt’s a farrago of unsupported claims

"Jack the Ripper, the most famous serial killer of all time, tends to attract all kinds of weird crank theories. Sometimes these really capture the public imagination, such as the silly Royal/Masonic conspiracy theory of the 1970s, or the forged diary of the early 90s. Patricia Cornwell’s popularity as a bestselling crime novelist means that her crank theory might well prove to be the most enduring of all. When Cornwell announced some ..." Read review
05.05.2012

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Jack The Ripper - Case Closed? Diamond review Review with images

AdvantagesNew forensic evidence presented, Compelling reading, Well illustrated

DisadvantagesStructure and referencing could be better, Theory not as conclusive as author makes out

"I daresay that everyone reading this is familiar with the name Jack the Ripper. You probably are aware of the basics of the case – that a serial killer murdered and mutilated prostitutes in the East End of Victorian London, successfully evading the then fledgling police force in what would become known as “the autumn of terror”. Although this era is associated with the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, his real-life counterparts had their ..." Read review
12.03.2004

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In search of Jack

AdvantagesEngrossing, very plausible

DisadvantagesWe'll never know the real truth

"I will start this review my issuing a warning. I will not hold back in descriptions of actual events in what I write here. Some of the actual descriptions may prove to be too much for some people but, in order to deal with the book, I feel it is necessary to deal with historical events. Over the course of legal history, there are some names that will live in infamy. I am thinking here of those men and women who apparently killed or injured others ..." Read review
01.02.2004

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Jack the Ripper an Artist ?

AdvantagesGood reading

Disadvantageshard to believe

"I must admit that I am not a fan of Patricia Cornwell so in writing this book review I have to remain really objective. Now I am a Ripper fan of sorts if you can call it that and I do read a lot of material on the subject and this book review was one that I had asked Ciao to put on for me. The cover of the books is made to look like an old page of a book and it has her name and the title of the book on the front. Also it has Jack the Ripper ..." Read review
06.01.2004

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Jack the Ripper - in the Limelight again

AdvantagesGood reading, full of historical info

Disadvantagescan be a bit over whelming at times!

"...be a very compelling read. ~PLOT~ In Portrait of a Killer, Patricia Cornwell steps away from her Kay Scarpetta novels to try her hand at deciphering the Jack the Ripper mystery. Cornwell spent millions of dollars of her own money in her quest to do so, using top if the range scientific equipment to help her bring together all the evidence and clues found throughout the years since the killings. The book is full of statistics, research, historical ..." Read review
02.09.2005

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Author Patricia Cornwell
Title Portrait of a Killer
Genre Crime
Type Fiction
ISBN 0399149325
EAN 9780399149320

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