The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

Download The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF book free – The Five is the history, criminal and biography book which tells the story of the five different women who are killed by Jack the Ripper. Hallie Rubenhold is the author of this tremendous book. Polly, Mary Jane, Catherine, Annie, and Elizabeth are famous for the same reasons. Buy from Amazon

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

All these women never met with each other and they don’t even know each other. Polly came from Fleet Street by leaving her parents in the town. Annie is from Knightsbridge and she is the oldest sibling among five. Elizabeth is a fearless beautiful woman who came from Wolver Hampton to change her life. Catherine is sharp by the mind and she came from Sweden. Mary Janes came from Wales with the courage to make her impact on society.

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.’At last, the Ripper’s victims get a voice… An eloquent, stirring challenge to reject the prevailing Ripper myth.’ MAIL ON SUNDAY’Devastatingly good.

The Five will leave you in tears, of pity and of rage.’ LUCY WORSLEY’Dignity is finally returned to these unfortunate women.’ PROFESSOR DAME SUE BLACK’Haunting SUNDAY TIMES’What a brilliant and necessary book’ JO BAKER, author of Longbourn’Beautifully written and with the grip of a thriller, it will open your eyes and break your heart. ERIN KELLY, ‘An outstanding work of history-from-below magnificent’ THE SPECTATOR’Deeply researched’ THE NEW YORKER


Let me start by acknowledging how much I have been looking forward to reading this book. I have been studying the Whitechapel murders for years and have had a particular yearning for a full-length biography of the canonical five. This book was heavily touted as a chance to “rehabilitate” the victims from their century-plus old reputation as merely debauched prostitutes. The author promised to not dwell on their deaths or make assumptions of the murderer. The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

So imagine my disappointment when on page 13 of the introduction she not only makes her own assumption of the killer’s m.o., but a stupid, wholly inconceivable one at that. She states that the police “failed to conclude the obvious- the Ripper targeted women while they slept”. She bases this on cororner’s reports that their throats were cut in a reclining position and no screams were heard. Any reader of Ripperology knows that they were first subdued by manual strangulation before being lowered to the ground. There is medical evidence of this in the cororner’s reports yet she chooses to ignore it to push her theory that all 5 victims decided to walk miles from their known doss houses to just drop to the ground for sleep, where they were found and murdered. She neglects to mention the well known facts that the patrolling policemen report strolling up those streets and seeing nothing, nobody. The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

Then minutes later coming across the bodies. Also, there multiple witness statements that attest to seeing most of the victims with a man- while they were awake and upright- just minutes before their bodies were discovered….I believe the author is trying too hard to erase the fact that these unfortunate women were resorting to prostitution. I would have appreciated it if she would have expressed the point that the women should not be vilified for resorting to prostitution as a means of survival, and instead vilify the conditions that led her to that in the first place.

Review – The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

Like so many, I’ve never given much thought to Jack the Ripper’s victims. We were told they were prostitutes, and I am ashamed that I didn’t question that or think about their lives beyond that.

This amazing, extremely well researched and completely compelling book has shown me how wrong I was. Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane were so much more than just victims. To start with, only really one of them was what we’d conventionally call a prostitute. Polly at one point had a family and lived in a model public housing project—something I had no idea existed at that time. Annie grew up what we’d call today a military brat and married a respected stable man and lived on an estate, Catherine received a much better than average education at what sounded much like today’s charter schools…all the women had lives far richer and more complex than I’d ever have thought The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

Through the lives of the five women, I learned so much about Victorian society from a perspective that I’ve rarely had—that not of rich and royal, but of the rest of us. In some ways, it was a much more progressive world than I’d thought, in others, much darker and crueler. The research the author had to do to write this book is simply amazing. But more than that, she skillfully took what she learned and made it intensely readable.

One thing does tie the lives of all five women together—alcoholism. If you ever want to be discouraged from drinking, this is the book to read. Each of the women’s lives was altered by her drinking, and my, was there more drinking in Victorian England that I ever thought there was.

This is not a book about Jack the Ripper. The actual crimes are not described in detail—we can find that elsewhere. This is a book about women’s lives, and it’s a book I am so very glad was written. Highly, highly recommended.

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Details About The Five by Hallie Rubenhold PDF

  • Name: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • Authors: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Publish Date: April 9, 2019
  • Language: English
  • Genre: History, Biography, Murder
  • Format: PDF
  • Size: 12 MB
  • Pages: 352
  • ISBN: 1328663817
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