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The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper: In His Own Words--The Confession of the World's Most Infamous Killer [Paperback]

James Carnac
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Book Description

Nov. 5 2012
A new suspect for the role of Jack the Ripper -- in his own words.
This memoir was recently discovered and appears to have been written in the 1920s by someone who asserts that he was Jack the Ripper.
This person is James Carnac. This memoir written shortly before his death is an account of his entire life, including a few short months in 1888 when he became the murderer known to posterity as Jack the Ripper.
This book introduces a new suspect for the infamous murders in Whitechapel in 1888. There is information in this book that does not appear to be derived from contemporary newspapers or any other publications and the descriptions of Tottenham in the 1870s, the visits to performances of Jekyll and Hyde, the intricate geography of Whitechapel in 1888 are written with pin-point accuracy. There is also a credible motive given for James becoming the murderer Jack and also a reason for the end of the murders. Given the fact that the author also appears to have knowledge about aspects of the case not in the public arena at the time it could be that this actually is the autobiography of Jack the Ripper.
Ultimately it is up to the reader to decide if they believe the mystery has been solved at last but even if they end up deciding the account to be a work of fiction it would still be one of the very earliest imaginings of the Ripper case, written in the early years of the twentieth century, a fascinating piece of period writing and a worthy addition to the
Ripper canon.
Whatever side they come down on there is no question that this book will be a source of much debate.

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"An account by someone who was there, was at least a witness to the scenes of the murders and was potentially the perpetrator of the Jack the Ripper murders...a text that will no doubt be debated for years to come" Alan Hicken "This is the autobiography of a man who claims that for a few short weeks when he was a young man he killed several women in Whitechapel. It is either a genuine confession by Jack the Ripper, or it's an extraordinary novel. Or it is something else, but what? Only you can decide" Paul Begg "Whether it is truly real or not, that doesn't affect the engaging read that Carnac provides. We'll let you make your own mind up" "As "Ripperature" it is not only important, but it is also unique" -- John Bennett Ripperologist magazine "Intricate and creepy" Daily Express

About the Author

Introduction written by renowned Ripperologist PAUL BEGG.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! Makes you wonder July 15 2013
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I loved this book!! I have read many books on Jack the Ripper, but this book really makes you wonder if you are reading a first hand account of what happened by Jack himself. Couldn't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Ripper seekers.... Jan. 27 2012
By smartydog904 - Published on
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Not being much of a book reader I was quite surprised at my inability to put it down! (read it in two evenings) It is written in a unique 1st person accounting, with very interesting twists & turns with an ending that not only unexpected but plausible! I don't want to give too much away. The book starts off kinda wordy and convoluted and long winded, but after the first few chapters it sucks you in. At times it seems like a death bed confession and others an author who protests too much of not being a writer. It really does keep you going back & forth on its merits. The one thing that does keep me guessing is, was it intended as an explanation more than of a killer gloating or romanticizing in his accomplishments. As certain details are glanced over. This is very worth reading to see what conclusion you come to. If you come across another really good read on this topic leave a comment. I do tent to like non-fiction if possible in this topic. It is under 400 pages in total.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Autobiography of Jack the Ripper Feb. 25 2012
By John Edwards - Published on
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I just finished reading an "Autobiography of Jack the Ripper". This book was entertaining (for any Ripperphile) You must congratulate anyone who can come up with a concept such as this and make money from it. I believe this to be a fictional account of James W. Carnac's (if there was ever such a person) life. I suppose it may have been written by S G Hulme Beaman. and entered as a hoax. If you enjoy the legend of JR you will enjoy this book. It is a bumpy read at times because of the writer's inept talents. I would recommend it to anyone who is still searching for the idenity of JR. It was fun for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Nov. 27 2012
By Margo M. - Published on
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James Carnac gives a first person account of his life as Jack the Ripper. His manuscript was found years after his death. It is interesting and almost believable. The evidence is scarce but the details of the murders are believable.

My guess is that Carnac suffered from schizophrenia in his late teens and twenties.
Real or not, it was a wild read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut my way through this one Sept. 3 2013
By Joe - Published on
This story turned out to be better than what I was expecting. I wound up reading the entire book in one day. So for that alone the book gets high marks. I'm not a Ripperologist but I have read plenty of books on the subject of Jack the Ripper. Approximately 8 to 9 books in all and out of them this was the most intriguing of the stories. If this manuscript is true, which I do not believe it to be so, then certainly it would be a major component in finally solving who Jack was and why he did what he did. I have a few faults with the story however and I would love to know if anyone else who read the book feels the same about. For instance, to me the story didn't read like early 20th century writing. That may just be me but the language and structure didn't seem accurate for the time. Another thing that bothered me, if anyone is familiar with the murders, was how no new information came about from the story in regards to details about the killings. Certainly the murderer would have something new to tell us that has not been published or recorded by investigators already. However, not one new or interesting fact about any of the killings surfaced from the story. Why also hasn't the paper and ink in which the story was typed on been analyzed for accurate dating. For all we know the story could have been typed up yesterday. The one interesting point of the story for me was the explanation as to why the murders stopped. I will not divulge this tid bit of info for those of you who have not read the story yet. I did find the reason for the murders ceasing to be interesting and in a strange way plausible. But with that even being said unfortunately this book needs to be moved from the nonfiction section over to fiction. I wish the case could finally be closed but this book does not do that. However, the book is well worth reading and who knows anything is possible. This is what makes Ripper literature so much fun, its a thriller wrapped up in a mystery.
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction pure and simple April 1 2013
By Larissa Taylor - Published on
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I read an excellent review of this book that I thought was on Amazon, either UK or US, but am unable to find it again. So I will repeat what that reviewer said: SPOILER alert. This is a good read, but I am in entire agreement with the review I read (unless it was an inspired dream) that this is nothing but fiction. Surely, despite the supposed autobiographer hiding certain details, there are plenty of them there with which to track down the supposed author from the murder suicide of his parents, to his lodgings, and many other specific details of his life.

The other review also accurately stated that while Parts I and III are interesting to read as fiction, Part II is desultory at best: this is the description of the Whitechapel Murders. After exquisite 'personal' detail in Part I of how his sanity and background allowed for him to develop the desire for 'slicing' the neck, the description of the murders is perfunctory at best. Of course that has been done by real Ripperologists (whom I suspect this so-called autobiographer consulted), but it would be impossible to compare this section of the book even to newspaper prose since that was sensational. This part is just what he 'did' without details easily available to the public. Also neither his physical description nor his geographical profile fit at all with witnesses of the time or recent psychological/geo profiles.

Part III again is good fiction, and I don't regret buying the book. But I cannot imagine any Ripperologist taking this seriously. To know what happened in 1888 and possibly 1889 suggests a deeply disturbed individual, although the purported author of the autobiography dismisses this aside from his so-called Voice. This 'Ripper' stops after the horrific murder of Mary Jane Kelly because of a leg amputation caused by an accident. Hardly plausible. Nor does it match with any of the documents Scotland Yard or the Metropolitan Police detectives produced at the time or after.

Finally, I think the provenance of the so-called manuscript is at the best dubious. Maybe, and I think this is the most probable supposition, someone of a literary cast of mind, decided to write a work of fiction around 1928-30, putting himself in the role. It would hardly be the first time someone had done that, and would explain a lot about his 'lack of desire' to speak in sordid detail about the murders.

I do not for a minute believe this is real. It contradicts every kind of geographic, sociological, psychopathic, and other kinds of profile of such a killer. All we learn of his motive is that he likes to slit throats because he was descended of executioners. Those very executioners were, despite their job, rather fastidious about not making people suffer unduly or overly gruesomely. Many executioners of earlier times even tried their best to minimize the sufferings of their victims. So did he kill, as he said, just because he liked the sight of it and knew of his ancestry? Hardly seems likely given the violence of the murders and their postmortem gruesomeness. And to gloss over that part as not that relevant makes it even less believable, as does living a somewhat normal life afterwards.

Fun reading, yes, but I doubt many Ripperologists will find it believable.
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