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The author of the book: Spiro Dimolianis
Edition: McFarland & Company
Date of issue: October 25th 2011
ISBN: 1283235994
ISBN 13: 9781283235990
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I bought this book for the collection at work, as despite the title it seemed like quite an interesting and scholarly book. I must admit that the only book I've read about Jack the Ripper is From Hell (which given the copious pages of footnotes to historical sources and modern ripperoligists means that I probably know more than you'd think having only read a comic book on the subject) and as such I did find it quite easy to follow the book.

The first three chapters were my favourite. The first looked at fortune telling and ghosts. It was wonderful to see all these examples, all of which came from Tower Hamlets. Cases of ordinary people who were arrested or charged over fortune telling. The book went on to look at the way the different types of people accussed of being Jack the Ripper represented different fears and prejudices within the community, Jews, Irish, Gypsies, even Americans. He also addressed the ways that the muders were incoporated into the spiritual and occult beliefs of the time, by the mainstream press, as well as by the different occult groups of the period. Most noticably the theosophists. He spent several chapters addressing the claims that D Onston was Jack the Ripper, the different ways the story the grew, who was responsible for them and how he hurt his own case. It was a very interesting look at the occult societies of the time and to see the way the story grew and gained more intrigue as it went on.

The last chapter was the only one that I didn't find very interesting. It tried looking at the secret service and it's relation to the urban myths that have grown up around the Ripper case. Here there was a lot of talks of spies and the official secrets act and I'm afraid I just found my attention starting to wane. The other criticism of the book was a lack of conclusion. Having presented lots of interesting information about the way the case and it's representation portrayed ideas about prejudice and the occult. Not only for the original period of 1888 but how these theories grew and changed with time and different current historians presenting their theories based on the evidence as it grew and changed. It would have been nice to have some form of conclusion or summing up rather than quite an abrupt end. Still overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to people with either an interest in the murders, late Victorian beliefs, and occult organisations.

I would also like to add that if you're reading a book called Jack the Ripper and Black Magic with a picture of a young Crowley on it, people do give you a lot more room on a crowded train. Particularly when going through Whitechapel.


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