1st January 2021

Previously issued under the title
Jack the Ripper At Last?

292 pages, 156mm x 234mm

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From Hastings Barber to Ripper Suspect

In 1897 a George Street barber called at Mr Davison's chemist shop at 66 High Street and purchased enough poison to kill 40 people. The slow torture of his first victim began in Hastings and was finished in London. He was to use the poison to kill three times.

After he was caught, Chief Inspector Abberline, who hunted the Whitechapel Murderer in 1888, told the arresting officer: ‘You’ve got Jack the Ripper at last!’ Later, he claimed to have ‘a score of reasons’ to support his theory.

In 1903 George Chapman was hanged for three poison murders, but was Abberline correct about his past? This impartial biography investigates his life and crimes and seeks to answer that intriguing question.



‘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