Monday, July 16, 2012

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper
By Jennifer Joline Anderson
Abdo Publishing Company, 2012. 112 pgs. Young Adult Nonfiction

In the fall of 1888, a series of horrific murders set Londoners into a panic. With a brutal killer murdering and mutilating his victims, police forces and detectives desperately tried to figure out who was been the killings. Although they received thousands of tips and even a couple of letters allegedly from the murderer, dubbing himself Jack the Ripper, they were never able to find the killer, leaving the case of Jack the Ripper one of the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries.

This is highly readable and engaging text. Anderson does a great job detailing the crimes, considering some of the suspects, and addressing the limitations of the tools available to police at that time. A modern-day FBI profile of Jack the Ripper, as well as pictures and sidebars just make it that much more interesting. It's very well done and easy to recommend to anyone interested in unsolved mysteries in general or Jack the Ripper in particular.


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