- Taschenbuch: 368 Seiten
- Verlag: Faber & Faber; Auflage: Main (4. März 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0571222838
- ISBN-13: 978-0571222834
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2 x 20 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.538.808 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son: The Story of the Yorkshire Ripper (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. März 2004
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This study of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, is an illuminating study about a mass murderer.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gordon Burn is the author of four novels, Alma Cogan (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove, The North of England Home Service and Born Yesterday. He is also the author of the non-fiction titles Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son, Pocket Money, Happy Like Murderers, On The Way to Work (with Damien Hirst) and Best and Edwards.
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Gordon Burn hat sich intensiv mit Sutcliffes Leben auseinandergesetzt, dabei Familienmitglieder, Freunde, Arbeitskollegen und Bekannte interviewt, auch die Polizei war ihm bei den Recherchen eine große Hilfe.
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In hindsight, it is easy to spot bizarre and worrying signs in Peter Sutcliffe's early years, but mainly he seemed to be a fairly average person. He did not achieve great things either academically or career wise, drifting through various jobs and marrying his wife after she had a breakdown and in spite of the fact she was seeing another man. Although essentially a loner, this was a person who had parents, siblings, a wife, relations and friends. It is almost inconceivable that he was not arrested earlier, despite being interviewed five times by the police with early indications that tied him to the case (a £5 note found in a victim's handbag that was given in a paypacket to one of a handful of firms, including his; the fact he was fined for hitting a prostitute with a weighted sock before the murders and that he was also arrested lurking behind a hedge with a hammer). Possibly today, with modern computer systems, his name would have been flagged up much sooner. Although this was obviously a huge manhunt, people who knew Sutcliffe, including members of his own family, considered that he could be a possible candidate for the 'Ripper' and certainly at least one of his former friends visited the police to voice concerns.
Mostly though, this really is a book about the true face of evil. It is a sad fact that this man was undetected for so long because he blended in. From a small town, yet anonymous once in his hunting grounds, he did not look or appear threatening. Sadly, many of his victims did not see the attack coming - it is awful to contemplate how this man literally attacked and killed and then appeared so normal to those around him. The author walked a fine line writing this book, but he was fair in his representations of everybody he wrote about. This is an excellent read and I recommend it highly.
I don't think this book is nearly as well written, although it is worth a read.
As an American, I had a difficult time with the colloquialisms in the book; many times, the author quotes the people involved verbatim, and the way they speak bears very little resemblance to the English that I know. So that was a bit difficult.
Overall, though, it's a compelling story of an ordinary man who sank to a level of depravity which is hard to comprehend.