The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper by James Carnac
In His Own Words, The Confession of the World's Most Infamous Killer

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...readers may wonder why he didn’t become a coroner or an anatomy teacher, dissecting bodies all day long...Fiction or not, a decent book, easily read and worth it for the ending.
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"It's either a genuine confession by Jack the Ripper, or it's an extraordinary novel...Only you can decide."—Paul Begg, author of Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History


In the Whitechapel neighborhood of London in 1888, five women were horribly mutilated and murdered by the infamous killer, Jack the Ripper. Though there were many suspects, the monster was never caught.


This recently discovered memoir from the 1920s introduces a new suspect: James Willoughby Carnac, a little-known figure who claims to have been the Ripper. Carnac describes the events and geography of Whitechapel in 1888 with chilling accuracy, including details of the murders that appear to have been unavailable to the public at the time. He presents a credible motive for becoming Jack, and, for the first time ever, a reason for ending the killing spree. Ultimately, you, the reader, must decide if this is simply one of the earliest imaginings of the case—and a groundbreaking literary addition to the Ripper canon—or if it is the genuine autobiography of Jack the Ripper himself.


"A text that will no doubt be debated for years to come."—Alan Hicken, Montacute Museum, Somerset, England


"Intricate and creepy."—The Daily Express (UK)


"Easily read and worth it for the ending."—Kirkus

 

About James Carnac

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Introduction written by renowned Ripperologist PAUL BEGG.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Sourcebooks. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Aug 20 2013

...readers may wonder why he didn’t become a coroner or an anatomy teacher, dissecting bodies all day long...Fiction or not, a decent book, easily read and worth it for the ending.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 06 2013

The discoverer of the manuscript...states that he “removed and destroyed certain portions” because of their “revolting” details, which most will conclude refer to the Ripper’s horrific mutilations; if this is true, the manuscript was robbed of precisely those facts that only the real killer would have known.

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