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Montague Druitt: Portrait of a Contender
D.J. Leighton
ISBN: 0-9548495-0-7
Hydrangea Publishing
Hardcover, illus., bib., index. 227 pp.

Casebook Review:

This is the first full-length biography of Montague John Druitt, and probably for good reason. There's just not a whole lot we know about this enigmatic barrister. So, understandably, there is a fair amount of 'filler' material in this book, much of it about cricket. On the whole its an excellent overview of the known facts surrounding Druitt's life and death, but the well-read Ripperologist will find very little new information here.

Leighton doesn't believe Druitt was the Ripper, but instead opts for a flavor of the Royal Conspiracy theory as his preferred explanation for the crimes.

Well-written and nicely published (high-quality paper gives this book a particularly nice heft), along with a fancy ribbon boomark. Students of the Ripper case would no doubt be interested in the book, though more as an overview of known facts than for any new or unusual insight. Recommended.


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