David A. Green’s Indexes

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In 2005 Euan Macpherson released The Trial of Jack the Ripper – The Case of William Bury 1859-1889, with Mainstream Publishing Company.   The book was well written, well researched, and well received by Ripperologists, with many supporting the theory, which was first put forward in 1889.  One thing the book was lacking was an index.  Granted, they are not always important, but for many researchers who love nothing more than quickly picking up a weighty Ripper tome and flicking straight to a quote or reference these indexes are worth their weight in gold. 

Luckily, David A. Green was on hand to help with this, and in 2009 published the second in a series of indexes for Jack the Ripper titles that are missing indexes.  The index was invaluable, and quite rare, with only 50 published.  Being able to slide the index into the back of the original title and use it as a reference tool is fantastic, and the time and effort that has gone into producing them is outstanding, especially as David never asks for payment, and sends them out at his own expense.

2005 also saw the release of the excellent The First Jack the Ripper Victim Photographs, by Robert J. McLaughlin.  Robert is a great researcher, writer and gentleman who I had the pleasure of chatting to on numerous occasions on the Rippercast podcasts set up by Jonathan Menges.   The book, published by Zwerghaus Books, was a very limited edition, with all copies being snapped up, and recent sales of the book reaching four figure sums!  Sadly, Robert’s book also failed to include an index, so David A. Green set to work again. 

Earlier this month David contacted me again, and informed me that the index to Robert’s book was complete, and again very kindly offered to send one to my home.  Again the work that has gone into the index is outstanding, and it is well presented, with cover piece and even an illustration.   Once again only 50 of these were made.

I cannot thank David enough for these, and they certainly cut down time in researching specifics of the case.  I must also thank Rob for sending me a free signed copy of his ultra rare book back in April 2008. 

Thank you gents.

2 Responses to “David A. Green’s Indexes”

  1. Belen Johnting Says:

    I read lots of useful articles, but your article is from the articles which actually helped me a lot particularly when I’m using my device

  2. Cogidubnus Says:

    I’ve twice been the recipient of David Green’s kindness in making and distributing these indexes (indices?). A real gentleman indeed, David even bears the cost of the postage to you…I can only say how incredibly grateful I am to the man for so enhancing my reading of (and subsequent reference to) the two books concerned…the Macpherson book mentioned and the “Moat Farm Mysteries”.

    I’d guess he’s a professional indexer, (his work being of that standard), but I’m ashamed to admit I know nothing of him other than as I’ve written…

    Like Mike, I can’t thank David enough…

    All the best


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