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Capturing Jack the Ripper

In the Boots of a Bobby in Victorian London

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Author: Neil R. A. Bell

During the autumn of 1888 a serial killer stalked, brutally murdering his way through the East End of London. Some called him the ‘Whitechapel Monster’, while locals referred to him as ‘Leather Apron’, but to the world he was known as Jack the Ripper.

The responsibility to capture this ‘murderous fiend’ fell upon the men of London’s Metropolitan and City police forces. Capturing Jack the Ripper investigates the working lives of these men, and what it took to become one of Queen Victoria’s police constables, from recruitment to training to life as a bobby.

Join the police as they go out into the dank, crime-infested, gaslit abyss known as Whitechapel and try to capture Jack the Ripper.

Book ISBN 9781445655208

Book Format Paperback

pages 288 pages

Publication Date 15 Jan 2016

Height 198

Width 124

Illustrations 72


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The definitive book on Victorian policingReview by Amanda
I've read a few books about the history of our police force, but not one that concentrates so thoroughly on the City and Metropolitan police forces as this one does.
Anyone interested in Victorian crime should read this, and any with a serious interest in the Whitechapel murders, it's a must in my opinion to gain a better understanding of the challenges the police faced when dealing with the case.
Well researched, well written and very thorough, it has to be THE definitive book of its kind. (Posted on 12/02/2017)

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