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Scott, Chris.

Toronto, Macmillan, 1988. 288pp, cloth. $19.95. ISBN 0-7715-9928-5. CIP

Reviewed by Nadiya Blaine

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

This very timely book, released on the hundredth anniversary, as it were, of Jack the Ripper's heinous crimes, is gripping and well written. Chris Scott offers yet another solution to one of the world's unsolved mysteries. His book is based on a goodly number of facts which help lend credence to his theory.

Scott believes that Jack the Ripper was one Dr. Thomas Neil Cream, a Canadian doctor who was hanged in 1891 for poisoning a number of young women. The portrait of the doctor painted by Scott is extremely believable. T hedoctor's multiple personalities and his steadily disintegrating sanity added to the known facts about the crimes, lead the reader to believe that Dr. Cream could very well have been the unknown Ripper.

Scott's vivid descriptions of the crimes are certainly not for the squeamish, yet the matter-of-fact style cannot but add to the horror of those cold-blooded slayings. Whether or not the reader believes that Dr. Cream was Jack the Ripper will in no way affect his/her enjoyment of a well-written and absorbing book.

Nadiya Blaine, Ridgeway, Ont.
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