Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Updated Jack the Ripper Books
I just received my updated version of Jack the Ripper A to Z, by Begg, Skinner and Fido. What's bad is that the edition is 1994. This is the last time this book has been revised. At Casebook and other places, you can read that this is a great book but has "some errors" in it. What are those errors, exactly? New editions are needed to address these and subsequent theories and information related to the case. What we don't need is an updated Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell with "new information." What new information? Now she has pictures of Sickert committing the crimes? She's "discovered" medical reports that actually support her medical claims about Sickert's fistula? Those are two reasons that would make me at least care.

Another book due for an update is Donald Rumbelow's The Complete Casebook of Jack the Ripper. I believe there is one available in Britain, but I'm not sure whether it's just a reissue or a revised one. Sadly, I've read where Rumbelow has rather grown tired of writing about Jack. But he does conduct a Ripper Walk in London, so maybe he's not that tired.

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posted by Lavaughn Towell @ 2:32 PM | 3 comments

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Tor said...

Maybe they could at least publish a few sheets of errata that could be tipped in at the back.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger LT said...

True. I'm not sure of the logistics of the copyrights, etc. But I've seen books come out in different editions for much less useful reasons (anniversaries, cover art, different publisher).

At 3:37 PM, Blogger The Rambler said...

I have known and worked with Don Rumbelow for a number of years. Since he retired from the police he runs a number of walks in the City of London and East End (Ripper Country). As far as I recall he felt he had played out his written involvement with Jack


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