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giovedì, marzo 16, 2017

TheBig Book of Jack the Ripper The most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories every Assembled. Edited by Otto Penzler

Why Jack the Ripper is still a mystery?
Why Jack the Ripper the infamous and still unknown man who with great incredible atrocities killed and sectioned the bodies of various prostitutes is still one of the most fascinating criminal cold case and his horrible "fame" always alive in the history of criminology?

First of all because at some point these homicides ended up brutally as they started, and because the atrocities committed at the bodies unusual and if I wouldn't have read the autoptic exams of the victims, unbelievable for atrocities, hate of women's body, and ferocity I wouldn't never believed that ferocity could have reached this level.

Jack the Ripper shouldn't be considered a human, shouldn't be considered a man but simply who he really was: a monster.

My Londoners colleagues, reporters of that times,  started to following the case of Jack the Ripper with much gusto.

Jack the Ripper, or maybe someone else, who can know? started to write letters to Scotland Yard.
Press was excited.

Who was this man? The main question.

Why did he kill these prostitutes in this way?
What happened in his life for creating this strong unbalance able to let him commit atrocities like these ones?

No one had answers but some letters of this supposed-to-be Jack the Ripper still remain and
I will post them. I found them on Wikipedia.

One called From Hell inspired the movie with Johnny Depp. This letter was lost at some point but the words transcribed, says:

    Mr Lusk,
    I send you half the Kidne I took from one woman and prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer
    Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk

Jack the Ripper entered in the history of criminology because he didn't "just" stabbed his victims or killed them strangled but because he created horror in that bodies, and horror remains in the history of crime.
Horror can't go away.

As everyone else I have my own idea of the end of this story.
To me someone knew who was this criminal, killed him and put his body in the Thames, but maybe of course I am wrong.

Just it's differently inexplicable why this horrible serial-killer after a while decided to interrupt this series of homicides maybe re-starting to live his old life.
It's just difficult, difficult to believe.

If you are a passionate of the story of Jack the Ripper and that poor ladies killed so brutally there is a new tome published by Vintage last October 4: The Big Book of Jack the Ripper The most Complete Compendium of Ripper Stories every Assembled. Edited by Otto Penzler. The same one wrote also the introduction

Passing through famous writers, intrigued by the story of Jack the Ripper, the book will take in consideration all the story, people, evidences, women murdered and their history, autoptic exams of the victims and you will find many other resources, articles and whatever you can like and appreciate of this criminal case.

With the time Londoners have created organized tours that you can find on the net for whoever wants to visit when you will go to London in vacation the places where Jack the Ripper killed his victims and there are websites specialized in the topic.

What we know for sure is that Jack the Ripper like many other mysteries and cold cases is still unresolved and plenty of psychological interest and immense sadness.

I thank NetGalley and Vintage for this remarkable book.

Anna Maria Polidori

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