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The Thames torso murders of Victorian London

Author: R Michael Gordon
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland Publishers, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Thames Torso Murders have been overshadowed by Jack the Ripper and his crimes, but were just as gruesome. They began in 1887 in London's East End, just north of the Thames. The killer took one victim that year, another in 1888, and two more in 1889. He resumed his crimes in 1902, taking his last victim south of the Thames and leaving her body in a pile of dismembered parts as he had done with most of his other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R Michael Gordon
ISBN: 0786413484 9780786413485
OCLC Number: 49727622
Description: x, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction to murder --
The road to serial murder. London's bloody history. Of torsos, torture and serial murder. The Rainham mystery of 1887. A rich environment for a serial killer --
The Ripper era. The Whitehall torso mystery of 1888. In the shadow of the Ripper. The torso murder of Elizabeth Jackson, 1889. The mystery of the Pinchin Street torso, 1889 --
A serial killer and a final torso. The serial killer up close. On the trail of a Victorian serial killer, George Chapman. The torso of Salamanca Place, 1902. A possible motive as a dark horse emerges, Wolff Levisohn --
Postscript of terror.
Responsibility: by R. Michael Gordon.

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An examination of the case of the Thames Torso Murders. Beginning in London in the 1800s and the killer's path, which seems to include a murder in Paris in 1886, the book examines each murder in  Read more...

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