Between 1959 and 1965, eight prostitutes were murdered in West London by a serial killer, in the most notorious unsolved crimes since Jack the Ripper. By the time of the eighth murder, the motive and identity of the killer—dubbed Jack the Stripper—were the subject of endless speculation by the media. The murderer never struck again, and in 1970, the detective who had led the inquiry announced in his memoirs that the killer had committed suicide as the net closed around him, and that the police had vowed never to reveal his identity. The question of the killer's identity is reopened here, as the author has interviewed surviving police officers, witnesses, and associates of the victims; and has examined the evidence, the rumors, and half truths. Every detail of the investigation is reconstructed in this recreation of the dark, brutal world of prostitutes in 1960s West London.
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David Seabrook is the author of All the Devils Are Here, published by Granta Books. He lives in Canterbury.Review:
"'Seabrook is to be congratulated not just for revealing the skull beneath the skin, but for polishing it so effectively as well' Robert Carver, TLS"
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Book Description Granta Books, Great Britain, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 367 pages. Between 1959 and 1965, eight prostitutes were murdered in West London by a serial killer. These murders were the most notorious unsolved crimes of the 20th century. The killer's motive and identity were the subject of endless speculation by the media, who dubbed him 'Jack the Stripper'. Links to the Profumo scandal, boxer Freddie Mills and the notorious Kray twins were rumoured. By the time the body of the eighth victim was found in February 1965, a massive police operation was underway to catch the killer. The whole country waited to see what would happen next. The police had staked everything on the murderer striking again. But he didn't. By October that year, the "Daily Express" was asking 'Is the Nude Killer Dead?' In 1970, the detective who had led the enquiry announced in his memoirs that the police knew the identity of the killer - that he had committed suicide as the net closed around him, and that the police had vowed never to reveal his identity. And that was that - until now. Seabrook has interviewed surviving police officers, witnesses and associates of the victims and examined the evidence, the rumours, and half truths.In this unique book, he reconstructs every detail of the investigation and recreates the dark, brutal world of prostitutes and ponces in 1960s West London. He questions the theory that the police's prime suspect was Jack the Stripper, and confronts the disturbing possibility that the killer is still at large. Quantity Available: 1. Category: True Crime; ISBN: 1862077703. ISBN/EAN: 9781862077706. Inventory No: 08040833. This item is in stock in our Australian warehouse. We are not dropshippers. Bookseller Inventory # 08040833
Book Description Granta UK, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111862077703