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The Atlanta Ripper: The Unsolved Case of the Gate City's Most Infamous Murders (True Crime) Paperback – August 5, 2011
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About the Author
Jeffery Wells is a native Georgian. Educated in Georgia public schools, he went on to receive his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Georgia in 1996, when he graduated cum laude. In 2006, he received his master's degree in history from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he received the William Ivey Hair Outstanding Graduate Student in History award. Beginning his teaching career in 1998, Wells has taught at the middle school, high school, technical college and community college levels. Currently, he is the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division chair at Georgia Military College, where he also serves as assistant professor of history. He has authored several books on Georgia history, including In Atlanta or In Hell: The Camp Creek Train Crash of 1900, also published by The History Press; Bigfoot in Georgia: Legends, Myths, and Sightings, published by Pine Winds Press; and Moments in McDonough History. In addition, he is the author of several articles on Georgia history. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Georgia Old Capital Museum Society, the Old Campbell County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Clayton and Henry Counties. He resides in metro Atlanta.
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Author Jeffrey Wells did a great job in writing this book. He illustrates well the history and the racial tensions that existed in early 1900s America. He not only informs us of the murders, but of the subsequent media circus and the atmosphere that had developed. The only problem with the book is that it is too small. The author could have given more details on some of the crimes. It is a great read, and everyone should have a copy.
1911. For four years in Atlanta someone terrorized the African American community and became known as the Atlanta Ripper, a play off the name of the famous London killer in the Whitechapel district in the late 1800s known as "Jack the Ripper." For those four years, an unknown killer, or as some put it, killers, roamed the dark streets of Atlanta, preying upon young African American women, as well as some of mixed race. The list of victims swelled to over 20 people ( allegedly, we don't know the exact number of victims ), as the city was in the grips of fear over where and against whom the fiend would strike next.
I first heard of this mysterious case a few years ago, while I was reading THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNSOLVED CRIMES by Michael Newton. Cases of unidentified Serial murderers are always very appealing to me, and this case from 1911 is very unique, bizarre, yet fascinating. Author and Historian Jeffery Wells did a good job researching this case and he shares every details about the murders, the investigation, and the different theories with the readers. The book is well written and is a very good read, very addictive. What's disappointing about this book is that it's only 112 pages long, way too short for my taste, but I'm happy that somebody took the time to write a book about this very obscure case. Overall this is a very good book and I recommend it to anybody having an interest in Criminology, Unsolved murder cases and Serial killers. :)