Rivals of the Ripper : Unsolved Murders of Women in Late Victorian London Hardback
by Jan Bondeson
When discussing unsolved murders of women in late Victorian London, most people think of the depredations of Jack the Ripper, the Whitechapel Murderer, whose sanguineous exploits have spawned the creation of a small library of books.
But Jack the Ripper was just one of a string of phantom murderers whose unsolved slayings outraged late Victorian Britain.
The mysterious Great Coram Street, Burton Crescent and Euston Square murders were talked about with bated breath, and the northern part of Bloomsbury got the unflattering nickname of the 'murder neighbourhood' for its profusion of unsolved mysteries.
Marvel at the convoluted Kingswood Mystery, littered with fake names and mistaken identities; be puzzled by the blackmail and secret marriage in the Cannon Street Murder; and shudder at the vicious yet silent killing in St Giles that took place in a crowded house in the dead of night.
This book is the first to resurrect these unsolved Victorian murder mysteries, and to highlight the ghoulish handiwork of the Rivals of the Ripper: the spectral killers of gas-lit London. JAN BONDESON is senior lecturer at Cardiff University and a respected true crime historian, having written eighteen books, among them The London Monster, Queen Victoria's Stalker and Murder Houses of London. Praise for 'Rivals of The Ripper': 'Sparkles with new research and exciting discoveries.
A tour de force.' - Richard Whittington-Egan, author of 'Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook' 'A must-have volume for all aficionados of the true crime genre and an entertaining book for the general reader.
Set to become a touchstone work.' - Stewart P. Evans
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages, 171 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/02/2016
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9780750964258