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Autobiography of Jack the Ripper (edition 2012)

by James Carnac

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Title:Autobiography of Jack the Ripper
Authors:James Carnac
Info:Bantam (2012), Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Non-fiction, Crime

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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JACK THE RIPPER: IN HIS OWN WORDS,THE CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD'S MOST INFAMOUS KILLER by James Carnac is an intriguing Non-Fiction/True Crime. The world has always wondered who is Jack the Ripper,the most famous killer in London. He mutilated five women in the Whitechapel neighborhood in 1888 London. This is a memoir form a 1920 suspect: James Willoughby Carnac, he claims to be the famous Jack the Ripper. He does know many things about the murder never told to the public. Written in first person, told through a lost manuscript,journals,and letters. A very compelling story that leaves you with another question, is this story fact or fiction? Was James Carnac, a true serial killer,or a wanna be? This story also gives us the reason to why the murders suddenly stop,if you believe James' version and his story. So you are left with... is this really the Ripper or not. You must decide! A rather creepy story,which people have debated for years who,Jack the Ripper really was,why the murders,and why mutilate the bodies. This could just be the confession of Jack the Ripper! A definite must read if you have wondered who Jack the Ripper was, or wanted more information. A well written and very compelling,although a bit creepy. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More ( )
  MyBookAddiction | Aug 24, 2013 |
This was a story about a manuscript purported to have been written by Jack the Ripper of his escapades. The storyline was part fact and part fiction. I especially liked the first person narrative, the Ripper was supposed to be James Carnac, he at one point had studied to be a doctor but quit early on.He had at one point began to hear voice and saw demons of his ancestors. This person if he truly existed should have been in a mental institution. The characters were developed well.
I would recommend this book to any Ripper fans.
Thank you to Net Galley and Sourcebooks. ( )
  druidgirl | Jun 10, 2013 |
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JACK THE RIPPER
James Carnac; Sourcebooks; 2013

A powerful book detailing James Carnac’s life and his time as ‘Jack the Ripper’.
Taken from a diary found sealed within an envelope and in the belongings from his personal estate, one is left to wonder if this truly is the diary of the infamous Jack The Ripper!

Written in first person tense, the reader is led through Carnac’s life and the traumatic event which triggered him to kill and forever doomed Carnac to life as ‘The Ripper”.

Though parts of the diary have apparently been removed as too graphic, there are still many moments in the book which leave one utterly chilled.

Also included as part of the diary is an explanation for the mysterious why of Jack the Ripper’s abrupt stop to his brutal killings.

Is this really the “Autobiography of Jack the Ripper”? Or another man’s novel attempt to explain him? You decide… ( )
  DBettenson | Apr 6, 2013 |
Whether this is a true autobiography is open to debate (I want to believe it) but that doesn't detract from it being a fascinating study. We've all heard or read of the theories surrounding the identity of the Whitechapel murderer and this book gives a whole new profile of the murderer and his reasoning. Well worth reading, even if you're a bit jaded with all the speculation. If it's true, then we know who he is and the true reason for the murders. If it's a piece of fiction then hats off to the author - we are left guessing again! ( )
  Heptonj | Dec 20, 2012 |
An interesting tale of the mind of the man behind the Whitehall murders in the late 1800s.. Whether or not it's fact, or a novel, is up to the reader to decide. Enjoyable none the less. ( )
  hscherry | Mar 23, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0593068203, Hardcover)

This memoir was recently discovered and appears to have been written in the 1920s by somone who asserts that he was Jack the Ripper. This person is James Willoughby Carnac, this memoir written shortly before his death is an account of his entire life, including a few short months in 1888 when he became the murderer known to posterity as Jack the Ripper. This book introduces a new suspect for the infamous murders in Whitechapel in 1888. There is information in this book that does not appear to be derived from contemporary newspapers or any other publications and the descriptions of Tottenham in the 1870s, the visits to performances of Jekyll and Hyde, the intricate geography of Whitechapel in 1888 are written with pin-point accuracy. There is also a credible motive given for James becoming the murderer Jack and also a reason for the end of the murders. Given the fact that the author also appear to have knowledge about aspects of the case not in the public arena at the time it could be that this actually is the autobiography of Jack the Ripper. Ultimately it is up to the reader to decide if they believe the mystery has been solved at last but even if they end up deciding the account to be a work of fiction it would still be one of the very earliest imaginings of the Ripper case, written in the early years of the twentieth century, a fascinating piece of period writing and a worthy addition to the Ripper canon. Whatever side they come down on there is no question that this book will be a source of much debate.

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This manuscript was found in papers belonging to Hulme Beauman, the creator of the radio series Toytown and Larry the Lamb, by Alan Hicken. It is written by a man called James Carnac and is an account of his life, including the period when he became the murderer known to posterity as 'Jack the Ripper'. Ultimately it is up to the reader to decide.… (more)

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