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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (2019)

de Hallie Rubenhold

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Biography & Autobiography. History. True Crime. Nonfiction. 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. 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, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time-but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.… (mais)
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I've been wanting to read this book for ages so finally have got around to it. I normally shy away from non fiction but decided to take the plunge and go for it.

This book is about the five victims of Jack the Ripper. It is perceived that the woman were prostitutes but that is so wrong. Only two were known to be a prostitute and all woman did lead a decent enough life for the times.

This book was interesting and I think for me reading about Annie Chapman was my favourite part of the book although the rest of the women were interesting in their own right.

As I thought with the book being non fiction it did go on a bit and was a bit wordy. On the other hand the author presented a well researched book. I especially enjoyed reading about how people lived in that particular time in our history.

If you are looking for a book about Jack the Ripper then don't read this one as it is about the women and who they were. ( )
  tina1969 | Jul 9, 2024 |
While I've never delved particularly into the mysteries surrounding Jack the Ripper, or in depth into the locale/time period, this book laid out for me a large number of things that I never knew, or had only come across in passing (lack of) detail. Not just about Jack the Ripper, but about society, history, culture.

In fact, the book lives up to the promise of its cover/title and gives short shrift to Jack the Ripper, which is a nice change. Each section follows one of these five women from her birth to her murder (the latter covered in very brief detail), as best/where possible with records of the time, and along the way does its best to connect the reader with the women, through their hardships, joys, personalities, and choices.

It's excellently done, fascinating, at times horrifying, and always keeps the women centric in their own stories. Speculation is presented where helpful, but only under the heading of speculation - whether it is of reasons one of the women might have made a particular choice, or to posit potential happenings to fill in a blank in her life as history records it. ( )
  Kalira | May 12, 2024 |
Everyone knows the overall story of Jack the Ripper, but what about the women he murdered? Rubenhold does an amazing job of going into extreme detail to each of their lives, right down to what they were carrying the nights of their murders. She breaks down the myths that have followed the women through the years. It's a non-fiction book told with the intensity of a thriller, and I could not put it down. ( )
1 vote NightMarily | May 7, 2024 |
Def something I plan to reread, a whole lot slower. This might be a non-audio reread. ( )
  mybookloveobsession | Mar 12, 2024 |
The Five was a hard book to get through. I don't find reading non-fiction easy. Few non-fiction titles hold my interest if it's a physical book I'm reading, and I have learned that the best way to handle non-fiction is on audiobooks. For some reason I bought a paper copy of this book, maybe it wasn't available on the Scribd app? - and that was my undoing.

The book tells the story of the five canonical victims of Jack the Ripper. There may have been other victims, but these five - Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary - are the ones whom most historians accept were definitive victims of the Ripper. The book tells the story of their lives. I will easily admit that the record-searching and novel ways of finding out facts about their lives was nothing short of breathtaking. For most of the women Rubenhold can give meticulous details about their clothing, their lives, where they lived, why they turned to prostitution. As an act of research, it is excellent. As an act of entertaining and informing her readers, she falls down in my opinion.

One thing that evoked the strongest of pity from me is an appendix to the book, which lists exactly what each woman owned at the time of their murders. These are some of the saddest lists I've ever seen. Polly owned only the clothes she stood up in. That's all. The other women owned little more. Feeling poor because I couldn't afford portabella mushrooms today (they were $13.00 EACH), is a far cry from the utter poverty of Victorian London. If I ever get a time machine, that is not an era to which I will venture.

Two stars for research well done; three missing because it took me two weeks to read a 330 page book because it was so dull. ( )
  ahef1963 | Nov 25, 2023 |
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These were not the kinds of lives that leave an extensive record, yet Rubenhold is able to weave a vivid narrative of Victorian working-class life from small factual scraps that she unearthed in police records, government reports and church registers ...The specter of illicit sex still haunts the Ripper story, an unkillable ghost that makes the crimes seem more titillating and their victims more expendable. Rubenhold’s account, however, makes a compelling case that the real monster shadowing these women’s lives was alcoholism ... Though we know how these women’s stories play out, Rubenhold achieves much here by making us feel genuine sadness and anger at their loss.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Washington Post, Joanna Scutts (Web site pago) (May 17, 2019)
 
This book is a poignant but absorbing exploration of the reality of working women’s lives in the late 19th century—and how perilously easy it was for married women with children to find themselves reduced to seeking shelter in the dank courts and alleyways around Spitalfields, where the Ripper operated. It is a book that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Victorian values.'
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarThe Sunday Times, Daisy Goodwin (Web site pago) (Feb 17, 2019)
 
If the Dickensian emphasis is a touch overdone, the point remains ... Allowing that the documentary record is incomplete—the case files on three of the five murders have gone missing—Rubenhold urges us to see the victims...not as the 'fallen women' of the received record. A lively if morbid exercise in Victorian social history essential to students of Ripperiana.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Feb 3, 2019)
 
Hallie Rubenhold’s book about the 'canonical' victims of Jack the Ripper is, at one level, a victim impact statement ... What she has to say on that topic is as horrifying as the Ripper’s crimes ... Rubenhold is an engaging writer though, as she readily admits, these women’s lives were not well documented before they achieved their notoriety, and the reports that followed their murders are not reliable. Then, too, there is a certain grim monotony as we follow the five in their doleful circuit from poor house to flop house to the streets where they would be killed. Still, Rubenhold does a commendable job in bringing these women on stage and through their stories illuminating the appalling reality behind the veneer of Victorian complacency.
 

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Biography & Autobiography. History. True Crime. Nonfiction. 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. 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, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time-but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

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