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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian Londonthe untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally ...

Title : The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
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ISBN : 37545347
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 336 pages
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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Reviews

  • Ms C Bruen

    First, this is well written and beautifully easy to read.

    Second, it's so long overdue! Anyone who's expecting lurid details of the murders of these five women, this is not the book for you. Anyone expecting yet more pointless and endless guessing games about Jack's identity, the same.

    I've wanted a book like this for years, I spent time thinking about trying to research and write one, but it would never have been as good as this. It's incredibly moving in places - Annie Chapman in particular near

  • Kitten Kisser

    Their Greatest Misfortune Was To Be Born A Woman

    This book is incredibility detailed with information as accurate as Hallie could provide regarding the five female victims of Jack the Ripper. Hallie introduces us to first each girls parents, then to the upbringing, middle, & finally the death of each woman. She provides plenty of resources & footnotes to support her story/theory of the hard lives each of these women lived. I always understood that life in Victorian times was bleak, but it

  • Paul

    I was looking forward to reading this book and whilst there was much to like about it I felt that there was too many assumptions made. Here are three examples: 'it is likely that a 22 year-old servant called Annie Chapman was among them' . 'It is possible that she and George met somewhere near to his barracks on Portman Street'. 'A relation of Ruth's worked for a Sussex family who lived on nearby Clifton Place, where she too may have been employed'. These examples occurred in two paragraphs on p ...more

  • Michelle Birkby

    A fascinating insight until the lives of the women Jack murdered - they aren't just victims or even fallen women - they were women with lives and dreams and flaws and family - absolutely heart breaking at moments

  • Eleanor


    The first thing to know about The Five is that it is a book defined by its approach; the second thing is that the approach is long overdue. The facts are these: in the late summer and autumn of 1888, from the end of August to November, five women were murdered in London’s Whitechapel neighbourhood. They appeared to have been killed in the same way, and presumably by the same person. That person was never caught, but the persona that solidified around him (though, of course, we can’t know fo

  • Alison

    This book was phenomenal. It was so cleverly written, thoroughly researched, and interesting! Wow. Just wow! Rubenhold has done an incredible job of taking the scant information surrounding these girls and turned them into real people rather than just stories. Real women facing real hardships who have been overlooked and largely forgotten by the world.

    I was very surprised at the harsh parallels between Victorian Britain and today - it was disturbing and deeply upsetting to hear of a familiar pat

  • Genna

    This is the book I’ve been waiting for.

  • Joe

    A book that casts the women of 1888 as living, breathing people, rather than mutilated bodies as taught in schools. Rubenhold is a master storyteller and her ability to set the lives of these 5 women is wonderfully descriptive and evocative. A book that goes a long way to adding much needed discourse to the historical canon of the Whitechapel murders.