The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper

The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper

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This memoir was recently discovered and appears to have been written in the 1920s by somone who asserts that he was Jack the Ripper.

This person is James Carnac, this memoir written shortly before his death is an account of his entire life, including a few short months in 1888 when he became the murderer known to posterity as Jack the Ripper.

This book introduces a new suspect for the infamous murders in Whitechapel in 1888. There is information in this book that does not appear to be derived from contemporary newspapers or any other publications and the descriptions of Tottenham in the 1870s, the visits to performances of Jekyll and Hyde, the intricate geography of Whitechapel in 1888 are written with pin-point accuracy. There is also a credible motive given for James becoming the murderer Jack and also a reason for the end of the murders. Given the fact that the author also appear to have knowledge about aspects of the case not in the public arena at the time it could be that this actually is the autobiography of Jack the Ripper.

Ultimately it is up to the reader to decide if they believe the mystery has been solved at last but even if they end up deciding the account to be a work of fiction it would still be one of the very earliest imaginings of the Ripper case, written in the early years of the twentieth century, a fascinating piece of period writing and a worthy addition to the Ripper canon.

Whatever side they come down on there is no question that this book will be a source of much debate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 299.37g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 pages b/w photos
  • 0552165395
  • 9780552165396
  • 365,845

Review quote

"An account by someone who was there, was at least a witness to the scenes of the murders and was potentially the perpetrator of the Jack the Ripper murders...a text that will no doubt be debated for years to come" * Alan Hicken * "This is the autobiography of a man who claims that for a few short weeks when he was a young man he killed several women in Whitechapel. It is either a genuine confession by Jack the Ripper, or it's an extraordinary novel. Or it is something else, but what? Only you can decide" * Paul Begg * "Whether it is truly real or not, that doesn't affect the engaging read that Carnac provides. We'll let you make your own mind up" * * "As "Ripperature" it is not only important, but it is also unique" -- John Bennett * Ripperologist magazine * "Intricate and creepy" * Daily Express *
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About James Carnac

Introduction written by renowned Ripperologist PAUL BEGG.
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Back cover copy

Introduction by Ripperologist Paul Begg

In Whitechapel in 1888 at least five women were horribly murdered and mutilated. Their killer quickly became known as Jack the Ripper. Though there were many suspects, no one was ever caught, and over a hundred years later the world is still fascinated by the mystery.

Written in the 1920s, this book introduces a new suspect. It is a recently discovered memoir by James Willoughby Carnac, a man who claims to have been Jack the Ripper. It covers his life from childhood to death, including his account of those terrible few months in 1888.

Ultimately it is for you, the reader, to decide whether you believe the mystery has been solved at last, or whether this is one of the very earliest fictional writings about Jack the Ripper. If so, as it was written in the 1920s, it is a fascinating piece of period writing and a worthy addition to the Ripper canon. We believe it is more than that. We believe you are about to read the words of Jack the Ripper himself.
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Review Text

"Whether it is truly real or not, that doesn't affect the engaging read that Carnac provides. We'll let you make your own mind up"
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