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The five: the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper

By: Rubenhold, Hallie

147354226X / 9781473542266
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28/02/2019
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England
432 pages
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Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London - the 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.

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 Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty and homelessness.

BIC:

1DBKESL London, Greater London, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, BTC True crime, HBTB Social & cultural history

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