In 1888 Jack the Ripper made the headlines with a series of horrific murders that remain unsolved to this day. But most killers are not shadowy figures stalking the streets with a lust for blood. Many are ordinary citizens driven to the ultimate crime by circumstance, a fit of anger or a desire for revenge. Their crimes, overshadowed by the few, sensational cases, are ignored, forgotten or written off.
This book examines all the known murders in London in 1888 to build a picture of society. Who were the victims? How did they live, and how did they die? Why did a husband batter his wife to death after she failed to get him a cup of tea? How many died under the wheels of a horse-driven cab? Just how dangerous was London in 1888?
Peter Stubley is crime journalist who has spent the last ten years covering murder cases at the Old Bailey, whether famous, infamous or quickly forgotten. He is also the founder of, and main contributor to, the London murder map (www.murdermap.co.uk), which aims to catalogue every Victorian murder in London. Specializing in court reporting, he is currently Assistant News Editor at Central News.