Advantages Fascinating insights into the criminal mind
Disadvantages Some people might find the material disturbing
"The Newgate Calendar"
By various authors
The Newgate Calendar is very much a product of its times. It originally appeared as a monthly bulletin, reporting the various public executions of the time. The bulletins were eventually collected and bound as a five volume book in 1774. Various improved editions then appeared until 1826's "New Newgate Calander". This is the edition you will probably find today. The grisly melodrama and high moralizing will be very familiar with readers of pulp non-fiction true crime books like "The World's Most Evil Men". However, what might surprise some new to this work is that the work was generally used by parents to tutor their children in the perils of living a sinful life. After all, it was originally written at a time when good moral education for children included regular visits to the public executions that ended many of the lives of real-life individuals that are found among the various sensational bulletins."The Jack the Ripper A-Z"
If you have ever been intrigued by the Whitechapel murders of 1888 then this really should be your first source for information. Forget your Patricia Cornwells, Stephen Knights and others who have made outrageously silly claims about the identity and motives of Britain's most famous serial murderer, this book will objectively lead you through all the world of Ripperology. It is written by three of the most credible criminologists (Paul Begg, Keith Skinner and Martin Fido) who have written about the subject - writers whose conclusions may differ but all respect a sober and methodical approach to research. Skinner and Fido are interesting because they both have their favourite suspects, but are both respectful historians who are clearly very observant of the facts. Fido is a personal favourite of mine for his work outside of Jack the Ripper and his audio books are essential entertainment for all crime buffs.
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