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"Simon D. Wood takes up the position of supreme iconoclast"—Richard Whittington-Egan (22nd October 1924 - 14th September 2016)
Author of "Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook."
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Jack the Ripper did not exist.
This second, expanded, edition of Simon Daryl Wood's award-winning book continues to reveal the endless stream of lies, invention, political misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st Century imaginations. It introduces characters some readers may not have encountered before, takes a closer look at a couple of Ripperology's sacred texts, and provides many additional facts, allowing for a better understanding of the people, places and events surrounding the Whitechapel murders of 1888.
Can history ever bring itself to shrug off almost 130 years of dogma and cherished beliefs, and at last smile ruefully at having been suckered in probably the greatest shell game of all time? Or will this heretical challenge to orthodoxy be peremptorily dismissed as revisionist nonsense, thus allowing the time-old parlour game of Pin the Tail on the Ripper to continue ad infinitum?