PRINT March 1994


The Diary of Jack the Ripper

The Diary of Jack the Ripper: The Discovery, the Investigation, the Debate by Shirley Harrison. New York: Hyperion, 1993.

Visitors to Madame Tussaud’s in 1974 ranked [Jack the Ripper] third on a list of most hated and feared (edged out only by Adolph Hitler and Richard Nixon).

—Jane Caputi, The Age of Sex Crime, 1987

There lives within me . . . a monstrous hybrid of the perpetrator, victim, and witness. . . . Siamese triplets with no circus to escape to, a complicitous Holy Trinity that is the closest thing to authenticity that we can experience in the land of Nod.

—Mark Alice Durant, “Overexposures in Hell: Notes on Photography, Boredom, and Murder from the Land of Nod,” Camerawork, Fall 1992

THE GREAT CRIMINALS ALWAYS make us voyeurs, but the promise of peering into a criminal diary catalyzes the violating aspect of the urge to know even more surely. There is a deliciousness to a diary’s

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