Abberline: The Man Who Hunted Jack the Ripper

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The History Press, 1 abr. 2013 - 192 páginas
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The name Frederick George Abberline has become synonymous with that of Jack the Ripper, and he has been portrayed as everything from an alcoholic, a drug addict, a womaniser and a bully. In reality Abberline was none of these but instead was a devoted husband and a dedicated policeman in a time of rampant corruption. Furthermore, the Whitechapel murders were not the only notorious cases he worked on. From his humble origins as a clockmaker through to his rising through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police, Abberline tells the story of a man who lead some of the most infamous investigations in criminal history. Long before the Ripper, Abberline infiltrated an Irish terrorist group known as the Fenians, before he became embroiled in the Cleveland Street Scandal – an incident that almost brought the Government to its knees. When he retired from the police at the age of 49, Abberline had received eighty-four commendations and awards – a testament to his tenacity and ability.
 

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Title Page Foreword
The Cleveland Street Scandal
Early life Undercover Work and Marriage
The Whitechapel Murders
In Charge?
Leather Apron
Searching for the Real Annie Chapman
Arrests
Hell
The Suspects
Abberlines Number One Suspect
The Argument For and Against Klosowski
Highly Implausible?
Another Ripper Suspect?
Abberline Know the Identity of the Ripper?
Victims

When Evidence is not to be had Theories Abound
The Double Event
The Final Ripper Victim
An Inspector Calls
Retirement Beckons
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Peter Thurgood is the author of The Stories Behind London’s Streets.

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