(((E-PUB))) ⇲ The Five: The Lives of Jack the Ripper's Women ☟ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

This is the tale of 1887 that most chose to forget Tatiana already wrote the perfect review for this book, so a lot of my review is just going to be reiterating her points.I thought The Five was genuinely hard to put down Rubenhold takes us back to the grim, dingy streets of Victorian London and attempts to follow the life stories of each of the five confirmed victims of Jack the Ripper Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane women who have been largely buried by history, forgott This is the tale of 1887 that most chose to forget Tatiana already wrote the perfect review for this book, so a lot of my review is just going to be reiterating her points.I thought The Five was genuinely hard to put down Rubenhold takes us back to the grim, dingy streets of Victorian London and attempts to follow the life stories of each of the five confirmed victims of Jack the Ripper Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary Jane women who have been largely buried by history, forgotten in favour of obsessing over the mysterious Jack himself But each was a person with loves, desires, fears, and flaws Rubenhold is eager for us not to forget that.Though this is nonfiction, I felt very much transported back to the time and place in question The ugly visuals of Victorian London create a rich atmosphere, and it was nice to see an author take some of the romance out of the era and focus on the struggles and general bleakness of life for the working class Poverty, homelessness, dismal workhouses and all manner of infectious diseases were an everyday reality The poor were judged to be lazy and immoral paupers who refused to do honest work and bred bastards and enormous families while living off handoutsIn fact, I think this insight into life for poor Londoners was the book s strongest point While I appreciated the author s efforts to give back the humanity to the Ripper s victims, far too little is known about them to successfully uncover their life stories Some things Rubenhold could tell us for certain, but a whole lot of sentences started with such as She could have or She might have Some parts were outright guesses Though I am thankful the author was transparent about what she knew and what she didn t.In parts, the author urges us to imagine what it must have felt like to be a woman in that situation Of course, neither the reader nor the author can possibly know what the women really felt, but it was effective It is so easy to skim over horrors when you, personally, haven t had to live with them, and it felt important to really pause and consider how awful and powerless it was to be a working class woman in 1887, often with nowhere to turn.As Tatiana also said, the one downside to the book is how long Rubenhold spends insisting there is no proof that all of the women were prostitutes Jack the Ripper killed prostitutes, or so it has always been believed, but there is no hard evidence to suggest that three of his five victims were prostitutes at all I think she was trying to show how any woman of childbearing age who was separated from her husband, living a single life , was depicted as sexually immoral in Victorian England, regardless of the truth But it didn t come across so well Even if they were prostitutes, it shouldn t matter at all.Still, I highly recommend it for fans of history, especially the little pockets of history that have long been glossed over.Facebook Instagram (((E-PUB))) ✖ The Five: The Lives of Jack the Ripper's Women ☃ 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, Elizabeth, 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 coffee houses, lived on country I ve been waiting for someone to write this book for years. This book is not about Jack the Ripper, it is about his five victims Written to remember five women who are usually just names in hundreds of books about the infamous serial killer, this book is an attempt to tell their stories and to remind us that they were once babies, daughters, mothers or lovers, who lived lives full of hardship and misfortunes The amount of research done by the author is imposing and she managed to recreate the lives of women who lived modest and ordinary lives in the Vi This book is not about Jack the Ripper, it is about his five victims Written to remember five women who are usually just names in hundreds of books about the infamous serial killer, this book is an attempt to tell their stories and to remind us that they were once babies, daughters, mothers or lovers, who lived lives full of hardship and misfortunes The amount of research done by the author is imposing and she managed to recreate the lives of women who lived modest and ordinary lives in the Victorian times A big thank you to Hallie Rubenhold for her effort to shed light on the victims overshadowed by their most brutal and vicious murderer THE BOOK THAT RIPPEROLOGY HAS NEEDED FOR DECADES Ask yourself this question how much do you know about the five women that Jack the Ripper killed in 1888 If you answered anything at all, it was most likely that they were prostitutes You probably don t even know their names What if I told you that the one thing you thought you knew might not even be true at all What if I told you that some of these women were actually mothers, wives, sisters and daughters Poor souls who fell on hard time THE BOOK THAT RIPPEROLOGY HAS NEEDED FOR DECADES Ask yourself this question how much do you know about the five women that Jack the Ripper killed in 1888 If you answered anything at all, it was most likely that they were prostitutes You probably don t even know their names What if I told you that the one thing you thought you knew might not even be true at all What if I told you that some of these women were actually mothers, wives, sisters and daughters Poor souls who fell on hard times and then got murdered There s so much we don t know about these women because nobody took the time find out Well, it s time we begunwe have figuratively stepped over the bodies of those he murdered, and in some cases, stopped to kick them as we walked pastWHAT I LOVED Originality There is an ocean of books about Jack the Ripper and I dare venture a guess that 10 10 aim at figuring out his identity In our eagerness to solve the mystery we have completely forgotten the victims of his crimes Those poor women have become nothingthan footnotes in the myth of Jack the Ripper Making them the stars of the show is the most original approach to Jack the Ripper I have even seen and quite frankly, this was long overdue New information I ll admit, before this book I was one of the people who couldn t even really name these women And I also bought the common belief of them being prostitutes This book gave me so much new information about these women I had one aha moment after the other, revelation upon revelation These women really lived Still, we only remember them for their deaths.Lives I LOVED that Rubenhold didn t dedicate any time to describing the murders of these women Because that s all they ve been for so long murder victims This book is solely about their lives, how they lived and the people they left behind Want to know about the grizzliness of their deaths There are a thousand other books you can turn to for thatPerspective Why do we remember these women as prostitutes even if that was not what they were Well, Rubenhold gives and excellent answer to that question It is all about the attitudes towards down on their luck women in the Victorian era At that time there was legally, little difference between being homeless and being a prostitute as a woman It is time we left behind the morality of the Victorian era.Vindication These women were littlethan numbers in a sequence With this book they have gotten their lives and their identities back Rubenhold takes the first steps in vindicating them and righting a wrong that has dominated forthan 130 years This is an eye opening and revelatory history of the real lives of the women killed by the infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper One of the most astounding facts presented is that all of the women were killed while in a reclining position, that along with no one hearing anything, and statistics showing that thousands of destitute women slept rough every night in London leads the author to the conclusion that all of the women were killed while sleeping, not in the performance of a sex act In fac This is an eye opening and revelatory history of the real lives of the women killed by the infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper One of the most astounding facts presented is that all of the women were killed while in a reclining position, that along with no one hearing anything, and statistics showing that thousands of destitute women slept rough every night in London leads the author to the conclusion that all of the women were killed while sleeping, not in the performance of a sex act In fact these women could not be termed prostitutes, except for Mary Jane Kelly They have been linked as such for all the years since 1888 when the first murder occurred Labeled by the Victorian press in order to sellnewspapers, they have been libeled through the ages as trash, so we don t need to worry about what happened to them Indeed, the murderer has become a sort of folk hero and treated with a smile and a wink All of the women suffered tremendously in this life and have been vilified in death They were all variously, wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and friends Down on their luck, homeless, without any means of making a living, they turned to demon drink, which of course created other problems.Their problems were exacerbated by the fact that they were women, in the Victorian age and even still today, there is a double standard Women who slept with a man outside of marriage or drank or even didn t particularly want to work 12 hours a day in a factory for a pittance, were thought of as licentious outcasts beyond the pale of society whereas, if a man did those things which he often did, the good wife was supposed to bring him back in the fold Women had the whole onus of being the responsible, upright member of the family and to inculcate those virtues in the children of which a whole other book could be written about the draining, debilitating effect having a child every year did to the poor females of the era.This is a wonderful book and an enlightening one I never really realized how horrible the Victorian age was, especially for poor people You can read the whole of Dickens and not understand it.What this author seeks to do in telling the story of these pitiful, forgotten women is to restore their dignity and that she has achieved I think this book is absolutely wonderful It was everything I expected andI honestly had tremendous difficulty putting it down It is very clear that Rubenhold has done her research for this book, and she masterfully keeps a fine balance between telling the story of each of the five women s lives, and the pure, solid research and creating the atmosphere of what life would have been like at that particular time I thought the women s stories were very moving They were written with style, I think this book is absolutely wonderful It was everything I expected andI honestly had tremendous difficulty putting it down It is very clear that Rubenhold has done her research for this book, and she masterfully keeps a fine balance between telling the story of each of the five women s lives, and the pure, solid research and creating the atmosphere of what life would have been like at that particular time I thought the women s stories were very moving They were written with style, and individuality I almost felt like I actually knew the women I have always been interested in the victorian slums, and parts in this book satisfies that, and, gives reference to other works, to enable readers to further their reading It was rather interesting to read of the rights that women had, especially in regards to their husbands, in that era If a married woman hopped into another man s bed, it was seen as adultery immediately, but, if a man did the same, it wasn t so easy for the woman to prove The man would have had to have committed another crime alongside that, in order to receive any payment or justice of any sense I really felt for these women, and I cannot begin to imagine what life was like for them This book has given Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Kate and Mary Jane a voice, and I think everybody needs to read this phenomenal book I m glad this book exists I m glad it spends next to no pagetime on Jack the Ripper himself, because he s hadthan enough press over the years I m glad that someone is at least trying to put the victims at the front of the narrative, which is where they should have been to begin with But.A big part of Rubenhold s thesis in this book is that four of the five women were, in fact, not sex workers, and that they had been unfairly classified as such due to Victorian prejudice against the I m glad this book exists I m glad it spends next to no pagetime on Jack the Ripper himself, because he s hadthan enough press over the years I m glad that someone is at least trying to put the victims at the front of the narrative, which is where they should have been to begin with But.A big part of Rubenhold s thesis in this book is that four of the five women were, in fact, not sex workers, and that they had been unfairly classified as such due to Victorian prejudice against the working class That may well be true I haven t read far enough into Ripperology to confirm or deny it But the second part of the argument Rubenhold makes seems to be contingent on the first they were not prostitutes, and therefore they aresympathetic,complex, andmultifaceted than they ve been given credit for The idea that these women could have been prostitutes and also been worthy of respect, love, and mourning never really appears in the book There is little to no sympathy here for confirmed sex workers even in the case of Mary Kelly, who was definitely engaging in sex work at the time of her death, Rubenhold invents a backstory for her out of whole cloth she was tricked and trafficked to Paris by dastardly pimps to make her professionpalatable It s an old, tired narrative sex workers aren t sympathetic unless they were forced into the profession at gunpoint Does it matter Can t Mary Kelly be a whole person who also sold sex, no matter how she got there I also have to note that Rubenhold s sources, especially in the Mary Kelly section, arethan a little suspect she quotes W.T Stead s The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon, a tract that has been widely criticized and discredited since it was published in 1885 Given this level of sloppiness, how well can the rest of her research be trusted I don t know if Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Kate, and Mary were sex workers It doesn t matter It doesn t make their deathsor less tragic It s just unfortunate that, under the banner of advocating for their memories, Rubenhold felt the need to separate them from the streetwalkers who are in this book s narrative less worthy of sympathy and respect Hallie Rubenhold has come up with a fabulous piece of non fiction with this book, examine one of England s most notorious unsolved serial killing sprees The Jack the Ripper murders rocked London and the world in 1888, though no one has ever been formally fingered as the killer With the euphoria of Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee still lingering, a number of women were found slain in the streets of London in the summer and autumn of 1888 These women received some press, mostly speculative a Hallie Rubenhold has come up with a fabulous piece of non fiction with this book, examine one of England s most notorious unsolved serial killing sprees The Jack the Ripper murders rocked London and the world in 1888, though no one has ever been formally fingered as the killer With the euphoria of Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee still lingering, a number of women were found slain in the streets of London in the summer and autumn of 1888 These women received some press, mostly speculative about their means of living, though few know anything about them Rubenhold seeks to change that by developing brief biographies of the five women and offering the reader some insight into the lives they lived before being found murdered While socio economic means surely shaped some of their lives, one cannot simply lump all the victims as prostitutes and turn a blind eye Rubenhold seeks not only to personify them, but to offer the reader something about their upbringing and means of living Some readers will be shocked to discover the information that Rubenhold is able to unearth, while others will feel it only solidifies their already firmly held beliefs At a time when serial murder is anything but uncommon, it is refreshing that someone has taken an interest in the victims, rather than sensationalising the killer, who basks in the limelight for eternity Well paced and fabulously detailed, Hallie Rubenhold impresses the attentive reader with her research Recommended for those who love delving deeper into the murders of Victorian England, as well as the reader who loves biographical pieces with a twist.I came across this book quite by accident, which can sometimes prove to be the best sort of reading experiences While I am no Jack the Ripper fanatic, I have taken an interest in the murders and was eager to see what Rubenhold had to say She reiterates the contrast between England s upper classes who were still celebrating the long reign of their monarch with the lower classes who had little chance of ever seeing riches or notoriety The seedy underbelly of the streets of this European mega city are not lost on the reader, who is given so much information As Rubenhold suggests, many simply gloss over the names of the victims and want to learn about this killer, though it is the lives of these women that really makes for something worth reading Some knew only a life of poverty and disease, while one came from abroad and settled in a new location to begin afresh The biographies presented are thorough, though not exhaustive by any means, which gives the reader insight into their lives while also leaving much open to interpretation and perhaps further investigation I am not aware of anyone else who has taken the time to develop a detailed story of the women whose lives helped develop the notoriety that Jack the Ripper earned, heightened makes this unique piece all theexciting Detailed chapters flow easily and the five women have their lives contrasted and compared by the reader who has the time to do so Rubenhold does well to present her approach and does so in a concise and easy to comprehend manner A great biographical piece about the most unusual topic Do take some time to check it out You ll be pleasantly surprised Kudos, Madam Rubenhold, for this insightful piece I hope to findof your writing soon, to further my education even.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge I don t really know what to say about this book It completely blew my mind I am gobsmacked that there have been no other authors who have described the lives of the five so realistically The focus until now has really been on the killer himself and the poor women have never been given a voice But here Hallie Rubenhold does just that she gives these women their voices back She brings their unique, raw and gritty stories to life, she stands up for them, she gives them back their dignity, I don t really know what to say about this book It completely blew my mind I am gobsmacked that there have been no other authors who have described the lives of the five so realistically The focus until now has really been on the killer himself and the poor women have never been given a voice But here Hallie Rubenhold does just that she gives these women their voices back She brings their unique, raw and gritty stories to life, she stands up for them, she gives them back their dignity, and above all, she makes sure that readers know exactly what sort of women these tragic victims really were Their stories are fascinating, their upbringings and early life heart wrenching, and their menial occupations soul destroying They were never just prostitutes in fact, only 2 of the 5 were even proven to be so , and 4 out of 5 were alcoholics from a terribly young age this isof a link than prostitution ever was They were poor women excluding Mary Jane Kelly with large families that needed looking after, who were usually mistreated and bullied by the men in their lives and sometimes went days without food or shelter The frequency that these women went through the workhouses was very upsetting, and the demeaning effects of queuing up for a bed with no guarantee of a place for the night must ve really broken them.What I found extremely refreshing about this book was that the attack the aftermath of the gruesome discovery of the bodies was bared touched upon It ran maybe half a page at the most For once, there is a book that instead of glorifiying the disgusting way these women were killed, focuses on their lives and the impact they had on the others around them Thank you for setting the record straight, once and for all Hallie