What can be said or written about Annie Chapman that has not already appeared previously? That was the question Mike Covell was asked recently, and his reply was: a lot. We know of only a handful of reports and primary sources regarding her life and untimely death at the hands of a serial killer known only as “Jack the Ripper,” but there is always new material being discovered.
Annie Chapman's life was a tragic one, with suffering and pain at almost every step. By the time she had died she had lost one child, separated from her husband, and seen him pass away. Whether we accept her as a victim of “Jack the Ripper” or not, her story deserves to be told. Her story as a wife, a mother and a victim. This is that story.
The book is also in development for a motion picture by Thunderball Films, LLC. For more information, visit www.thunderballfilms.com.
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GENRE: True Crime / British History
PRINT LENGTH: 577 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: June 13th, 2014
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback
Excerpt from the book
Over 7 years ago I started seriously researching and writing about “Jack the Ripper.” It has been seven years of long hours spent at microfilm readers, computer screens, in local studies libraries, archives, and museums, studying, researching, writing, reading, travelling and trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff.
Initially I started researching my home cities connection to the case, where I discovered that no fewer than 14 suspects had links, I then started looking at the Hull press and how they covered the case. Eventually I was to go off on tangents and research and write about specific scares, suspects, and victims.
One such victim was Annie Chapman.
What can be said or written about Annie Chapman that has not already appeared previously? That was the question I was asked recently, and my reply was, quite a lot actually. We know of only a handful of reports and primary sources regarding her life and untimely death at the hands of a serial killer known only as “Jack the Ripper,” but there is always new material being discovered.
Whilst there are hundreds of books that feature Annie Chapman, with some concentrating on the victims in detail, there has never been a stand alone Annie Chapman book. Mary Kelly, said to be the fifth and final victim of “Jack the Ripper” has had numerous books written about her, Elizabeth Stride received a very lovely treatment about her life and death, and even non canonical victims, such as Frances Coles, have received feature length books, but to date Annie Chapman has not.