March 2020

292 pages, 156mm x 234mm
ISBN 978-1904-109-310
Publisher: Hastings Press

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Jack the Ripper at Last

‘You’ve got Jack the Ripper at last!’ was the phrase with which former Chief Inspector Abberline supposedly congratulated Inspector Godley when George Chapman was arrested in 1902.

Fourteen years previously, the two detectives had hunted the perpetrator of the Whitechapel Murders, but had failed to catch him. Abberline claimed that, for ‘a score of reasons’, he suspected Chapman.

Born Seweryn Kłosowski in Poland in 1865, he moved to London about 1887 and between 1897 and 1902, calling himself George Chapman, he killed three successive girlfriends, using the drawn-out and agonising method of slow poisoning. His arrest and trial attracted enormous publicity and made headline news across the English-speaking world. He was hanged for his terrible crimes.

But did Chapman take a terrible secret with him to the grave? Was he also responsible for the gruesome slayings perpetrated by Jack the Ripper?


‘A superbly researched, well-written, definitive biography.’ Paul Begg

‘Helena has justifiably and deservedly established herself as the leading authority on Chapman’s life.’ Keith Skinner

‘Impressive and meticulous research. This is the type of book which all true crime authors should aspire to.’ Wolf Vanderlinden

‘A well researched and beautifully written history.’ Stewart P. Evans

‘A work of unarguably superior merit and significance.’ Ripperologist magazine

‘Perhaps the finest book ever produced in the category of Ripper suspects. Has raised the bar for Ripper studies.’ Howard Brown, proprietor,

‘A book that no Ripperologist should be without.’ Ruby Vitorino

‘A model of historical narrative and analysis, of which it is impossible to speak too highly.’ Eric Bond Hutton

‘An essential addition to any true crime library. Masterfully written and beautifully presented history.’ Paul Kearney

‘We are given a display of logical analysis, rational thinking and scrupulous fairness.’ Robin Mark

‘It’s up there among the best books I’ve ever read.’ Dave White

‘Every now and then, a book erupts out of the Ripper suspect related dross that is a worthwhile example of historical research ... This is one of them!’ Steve Stanley

'Meticulously researched and compellingly written'. Gareth Williams

‘Deserves the greatest praise. If there is a prize for the best true-crime account this year I would have no hesitation in promoting this.’ Former Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Jack Akrigg

‘If you are a true crime author or have aspirations to be one, this book is a prime example of how to do it correctly.’ Paul Kearney

‘You quickly realise that the author is committed to accuracy and leaves no stone unturned and no nuance unexamined.’ Ali Knapp

‘Proof that it’s possible to produce a properly referenced and fully indexed definitive work which nonetheless remains eminently readable.’ Dave White

‘A true scholar’s work.’ Christian Jaud

‘To find such a gripping read with such impeccable research and analysis is refreshing.’ Simone Watson