Privately published, 2001. 44pp, illustrated.
Neal Shelden includes one of the most interesting finds of recent years in this small, self-published pamphlet: a photograph of Ripper victim Annie Chapman, alive, taken nineteen years before her murder. This makes it the very first photograph ever discovered of any Ripper victim alive. Its a fine reminder of the humanity of these women - seeing Annie alive and in better times makes her gruesome death all the more tragic.
Shelden begins the book with a short chapter on Oswald Puckridge, and then proceeds to a more in-depth biography of Annie Chapman. Through his own research, and the help of Annie Chapman's descendants, Shelden paints of one of most complete pictures yet of Dark Annie's life and death. Included are several new photographs; not just the one of Annie and her husband, but several of her daughters Emily Ruth and Annie Georgina. A copy of Annie's maiden-signature is also included for the first time, as well as a detailed family tree and some modern photographs of areas such as the Working Lads' Institute and Manor Park Cemetery.
Although the text could use some editing in places, it is chock-full of new information and is a definite must-have for serious students of the case. As the relatives of Annie Chapman (unidentified by Shelden) have refused to grant further permission to copy or reprint the photographs held therein, it appears this may be the only chance one has of obtaining a copy of this rare and touching photograph of Annie in better times.
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