More a reference book for specialists than an introduction to Jack the Ripper’s crimes for general readers, this compendium of primary sources includes inquest transcripts, police reports and memos, contemporary newspaper accounts, letters purportedly from the Ripper, crime scene photographs, and other illustrations.
It would be an invaluable source for historical mystery writers taking a crack at the Whitechapel mystery—there have been many already such and are bound to be more. An index and detailed table of contents make the material easy to navigate. An appendix gives useful biographies of senior police and Home Office officials involved in the investigation. Familiar suspects who were considered at the time (e.g., Montague John Druitt, George Chapman) appear, but suspects identified by later theorists (e.g., Walter Sickert, the Duke of Clarence) do not. (This is a reprint of the hardcover edition published by Carroll & Graf in 2000.)