by Hallie Rubenhold 

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper

Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, 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 coffeehouses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped human traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Interview with the Author

History Extra
The women killed by Jack the Ripper
4/25/19         27 min

Hidden Histories
The Five and Jack the Ripper with Hallie Rubenhold
5/13/20       31 min


Podcast art for Edinburgh International Book FestivalEdinburgh International Book Festival
Hallie Rubenhold: The Problem with Great Men (2020 Event)
2/23/21          48 min

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