snarfcat said: I feel as if you might be the person to ask, but are there any works on jack the ripper that you find worthwhile? I've found recently that many of the musicians I listen to allude or out right have songs pertaining to the ripper. I have to say my interest is piqued. Your thoughts/recommendations on similar topics?
hello yes i’ve got a deep morbid interest in the grubby history of the criminal underground in east london.
to me jack the ripper himself is less interesting than the sordid world in which he moved, the lives he took, the hysteria & panic that gripped the east end, and the obsessive culture of myth and theory and monster-legend that grew & grew in the absence of any answers.
first things to know: the name was almost certainly made up by a tabloid hack journalist; the five “canonical” murders attributed to “jack” may not have been committed by one man at all; and there are dozens and dozens of theories about the killer’s identity, ranging from probable to full-blown outrageous paranoia.
four “jack the ripper” recommendations, off the top of my head:
to those people who say history isnt cool
the biggest snowball fight in history occurred during the civil war and started out as a friendly brawl between texan and arkansan members of the army of northern virginia and then escalated to include over 9,000 soldiers
if u think that isnt the coolest shit u can fight me