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

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

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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.

Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, historian Hallie Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories.


27 Mar 2020

St Regulus SD

This book takes you back to Victorian London and gives detailed accounts of the five victims of Jack the Ripper. I felt transported back to that time, and really felt for the five women and how hard it must have been to survive let alone live in those times. Very well researched, definitely worth a read.

26 Mar 2020


The book was well researched and gave us a detailed account of the lives of the five murdered women. I was surprised when I read that all of the women had succumbed to the demon drink! The book also gave us an incredible insight into how hard life was in Victorian society at the time. Well worth reading.

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