The long awaited book, especially by me, has finally been published on Amazon. I'm looking forward to reading it, especially as it is by the author who is well renowned for "thinking out of the box".
Congratulations Simon, and I wish it every success :-)
Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of The Whitechapel murders, by Simon Daryl Wood. Kindle edition, around 700 pages. Amazon Media. £6.47p.
Having spent many hours reading, rereading and researching the facts presented, the initial thought is that Simon Wood has attempted a rescue. Without any nonsense, naughty add ons nor insertions of unworthy note, this book does exactly that. It causes the mind to completely start afresh when approaching the subject of The Whitechapel Murders. The angle that the author writes from is not the "expected" angle if Ripperological history as has so often been presented in book form before. Not "who" was "Jack the Ripper" nor even "what" was "Jack the Ripper" but a very educational view opening up the box entitled "why....".
The single most important factor, the background goings on in the study if the murders has so often been either ignored, poorly written about or even rashly dismissed as unimportant by various commentators throughout the last 126 years. Simon Wood however has firmly nailed those events to the mast for all to see.
The political climate, both fro within Parliament itself, and also from within the individual agendas of the higher ranking echelons of the police force of the day, are clearly established. Whereas before these happenings have been merely presented as disparate facts, here the author has bound them tightly together allowing us to see far more clearly from an objective viewpoint.
The attention taken in revealing the weaknesses of previously presented theories is akin to taking apart a gold watch, laying every piece out on the table in front of you, and without any preconception, examine and cleaning each piece, removing all dirt, and meticulously putting each working part together again in order to understand how each part affects another it is in constant contact with. That way an understanding of "what, when how and why" the watch is created appears. Simon Wood has, in brilliantly effective style, done exactly that with this mammoth literary offering.
It would be pointless to try and surmise the details of this work without saying that it is simply because of the extraordinary attention to detail being cleanly presented, that a fresh and alarmingly striking impression is left in the mind.
Traditional Ripperological views are examined in detail as well, resulting in a very clear message for one and all to understand. We have been subjected to deceit, lies, misconception (both deliberately planted and accidental), invention of false facts and even moneymaking tales and the constant need to keep the status quo of "The Ripper and his story" afloat above all else for many years, from many sources. Simon Wood is unrepentant in his conclusions in finding these things.
The author relates that anyone who had dared to question said status quo of the much vaunted tale of "Jack" has been branded, quite unfairly at times, with the epithet "conspiracist". He dhows quite clearly why such branding has been misdirected by those who fear a change to the story that has been so eagerly presented with such guy abandon for many years. This work attempts to highlight and hopefully put a stop to all of that.
Therefore, this book will not be liked by some in certain quarters...mainly because it tears apart the reputations of senior policemen who are the source of many traditional ripperological theories, and blows apart those theories presented which have been the core and the base for historical research and comment for many many years. However, when looking at this presented scenario by this author, with a totally objective eye, truly "without fear nor favour" and without any presumed bias of assumption, then one simply has to admit that this study of the shockingly sad tragedies of 1888 is revealing refreshing and thought provoking.
I suspect that there is much more the author could gave included in the book whilst using his microscopic lens of assessment. Differing factions of anarchists with differing ideologies living in this tightly packed community being one. I suspect that a follow up volume may well be in mind too.
Buy this book. It is well worth the Kindle price and is one of the best page turning offerings this genre has ever been presented with. It is well worth the effort to get to the end of the book and you may well find yourself rereading it many times over. Do not hesitate. .For this book is an absolute must, whatever your current views on the subject.
Simon Wood's attempted rescue has been most worthwhile. Certainly one of the best books ever written on the subject, and in a style that is most educational therefore I can both totally and highly recommend anyone with an interest in the subject and in historical research to buy this offering. You will not regret it.
Chelsea FC. TRUE BLUE. 💙
Justice for the 96 = achieved
I'm about half way through and really enjoying it. The section on Lees was great. I am reading stuff in this I have never, ever, read in a Ripper book before. Simon has given us a great present with this one.