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Unfortunates
Shannon Christopher (pseud.)
Privately published, 2003.
Softcover, 115pp., illus.

Casebook Review:

Unfortunates begins with a strong general overview of the canonical Ripper murders. Christopher does not believe Stride to be a true Ripper victim, citing numerous differences in the wounds and general method of operation. His preferred suspect is Joseph Barnett, who according to Christopher murdered Nichols, Chapman and Eddowes because of his intense hatred of prostitutes - scaring his lover, Mary Kelly, off the streets was an added bonus.

Christopher cites many of the same bits of "evidence" to support his theory, including Barnett's alleged echolalic speech-impediment and his seemingly self-incriminating remarks at Kelly's inquest. There are no new revelations in this book, but it does provide an excellent run-down of Barnett as a suspect. Recommended.


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  Joseph Barnett
       Dissertations: Hey Joe! Your Porter Story Sounds Fishy! 
       Dissertations: Joe Barnett...Jack the Ripper...Not One in the Same 
       Dissertations: Joseph Barnett 
       Dissertations: Odd Omissions: Scott Morro's Plea for Barnett's Innocence 
       Dissertations: The Windsor Street Stakeout 
       Message Boards: Joseph Barnett 
       Press Reports: Daily News - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: East London Advertiser - 17 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Penny Illustrated Paper - 17 November 1888 
       Press Reports: St. James Gazette - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: St. James Gazette - 13 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 12 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Star - 19 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 26 October 1892 
       Press Reports: Times [London] - 9 April 1880 
       Ripper Media: Catch Me When You Can 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide - Joseph Barnett 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper: The Mystery Solved 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper: The Simple Truth 
       Suspects: Joseph Barnett