Very Well Done
Amy Capuano | NJ, USA | 09/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of History's Channel's History's Mysteries series, & this installment is by far my favorite. This is a must-see for anyone interested in Jack the Ripper, or anyone, like myself, who just loves a good mystery.
Of course, as with all specials like these, nothing is really solved, so if you're looking for some startling revelations, go elsewhere. What you will get is all the necessary background info on the crimes, the suspects, the investigators, & the many theories that have developed over the years. They present an excellent sampling of authors & others to offer their opinions on the case, & let them offer their own ideas rather than assuming one set of ideas to be the truth (for example, some think the same 'ripper' killer was responsible for only three murders, while others put his count in the double-digits).
All in all, this is a very well-presented documentary, though it is more of a good starter for those new to the Jack the Ripper lore than for the expert looking for new information. If this sparks your interest, I highly recommend a book called 'The Complete Jack the Ripper Companion' by Stewart P. Evans (who happens to be one of those interviewed in this special) & Keith Skinner."
AE: DVD The Search for Jack the Ripper
M. Webster | Essex Center,VT | 03/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well presented,especially the idea of Jack being a true unknown.A good addition to anybodys Ripper library."