The Diary of Jack the Ripper : The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick Paperback
The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved drug-taking, womanising 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence. In this bestselling analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text, the rigorous scientific analysis it has endured and reveals startling new information about Maybrick's shadowy background.
All this, combined with a chilling confession scratched into a watch, 'I am Jack.
J Maybrick,' provide powerful justification that Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. The diary itself is reproduced in full, so that you too can judge whether these are the deeply disturbing words of Jack the Ripper himself, reaching out from across the abyss of more than a century.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/04/2010
- Category: Diaries, letters & journals
- ISBN: 9781844549177
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Review by DAurora
The subject matter and theory is interesting if you have the patience and time to sort out the rampant bias from the facts. Ms. Jackson's one-a-page, unsubstantiated claims (such as, "...which of course, must be false..." Oh really? Why must it? Is there evidence? Where is it?) can be quite maddening and the reader will be forgiven for having spent his/her time doing something else. It's the kind of read that, even if true (and that's a big if), it leaves one with far more questions than answers and additionally, a feeling of having tried unsuccessfully to eat a VERY sloppy joe.But if you have the time and divinely inspired patience to sort the facts from the opinions, AND read additional works on the subject, then it presents an intriguing, if indulgent, idea.