I only have to get to page 136 to finish up with the Nonfiction, "True Crime" opening section of this book, so not long before I get to what really made me commit to this huge affair: the short stories. I come out of the suspects rundown, by Underwood, favoring Mary Kelly's male friend/lover, Barnett, as a good bet to be the Ripper...the man in Mary Kelly's life who was initially questioned, but after that, seems to have been overlooked, by all Ripperologists, as the killer. I would say the proposed reason for Barnett first killing other prostitutes seems a bit wild, but I'll take that over the "Royal Conspiracy" theory, or doctors with split-personalities.
the next Nonfiction section is one I look forward to; it is by Stephen Hunter, and I have already read, and loved, his novel, I, Ripper. and yes, I'm deliberately reading a Mystery novel called The Spoilt Kill, by one Mary Kelly, because of the coincidence in names (though it's also encouraging that it won the Gold Dagger Award).