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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
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Number of Pages : 336 pages
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  • Donna Hines

    Their greatest crime not the fact they were born but the fact they were born as women.

    The media portrayed 'Jack the Ripper' as a killer of prostitutes but the definition of a prostitute surely needed clarification especially at the time of their deaths -1888!

    "A woman's entire function was to support men..." "A woman's role was to produce children and to raise them." "Poor women's labor was cheap because poor women were considered expendable and because society did not designate them as a family'

  • Jessica

    Outstanding, would definitely recommend. Is researched so meticulously and written to provoke interest. Possibly one of my favourite books and needs to be thrust into the hands of everyone, historians and students alike.

  • Susan Liston

    Pretty amazing piece of research. How the author discovered so much detail about women who would be completely forgotten were they not victims of a horrific murderer is impressive. (and yes, she does indulge in conjecture, which sometimes really bugs me, but here it didn't particularly; you'd have do a certain amount of it in this case) And guess what, they were not all prostitutes, as we've always been led to believe, but homeless or nearly homeless women probably attacked in their sleep. How t ...more

  • Ciaran Monaghan

    We need to see their humanity...They were never 'just prostitutes'. They were daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and lovers. They were women. They were human beings.

    I'm sure most people know the name. Jack the Ripper has weirdly fascinated people around the world in the centuries since his (assuming it was one person) killings in the late 1800s. The enduring mystery of his identity has given birth to a whole business of Ripperology which almost glorifies in his violence and brutality. Very few

  • The Book Review Café

    I have read many true crime books over the years, and they have always focused on infamous killers with little thought given to the victims. I’m sure you can all think of a list of infamous killers, but can you remember any of the victims’ names or their life stories? Probably not I know I can’t, which is desperately sad. This book provides the reader with an incredible insight into the five victims of Jack The Ripper, Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane. Yes, they were victims of t ...more

  • Jean

    The Five . Who were they? Mary Ann “Polly" Nichols. Annie Chapman. Elisabeth Stride. Catherine Eddowes. Mary Jane Kelly. Who were they? At the time of their deaths in 1888, they were labeled “prostitutes,” although the majority were not. Rather, they were working-class women who fell upon hard times and on the night of their deaths (with the exception of Mary Jane Kelly), found themselves sleeping rough – on the street without shelter. The author, Hallie Rubenhold, suggests that rather than bei ...more

  • littlemiss_emmxx

    AMAZING book!!!!

  • 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