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Started by Agaliarept on Jul 11, 2019 12:07:49 PM
Seaside TERROR as known RIPPER strikes again

A literary vandal is stalking the streets of Herne Bay in Kent, ripping pages in half in dozens of books in a charity shop and library before replacing them on shelves.

Ryan Campbell, the chief executive of the charity Demelza, which runs a bookshop on Mortimer Street, told the Guardian that since April, around 100 books in the shop have had their pages torn in half horizontally before being reshelved.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/11/book-ripper-on-vandalism-spree-hunted-herne-bay

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Agaliarept - 11 Jul 2019 12:08:09 (#1 of 8)

I bet it's some sweet little old lady.

Delighted_User - 11 Jul 2019 12:42:29 (#2 of 8)

10 points. Though I thought it would be something about a gull.

solomongursky - 11 Jul 2019 12:47:15 (#3 of 8)

Red Dragon.

widenation - 11 Jul 2019 12:48:21 (#4 of 8)

Name of the Rose.

FleurDuMal - 11 Jul 2019 17:10:49 (#5 of 8)

I bet it's some sweet little old lady.

According to a former librarian friend of mine, sweet little old ladies were the worst offenders for vandalising books. They’d cross out swear words with pen, because they didn’t approve.

Ginmonkey - 11 Jul 2019 17:19:20 (#6 of 8)

From my days working in an archive reading room I know there are people who enjoy vandalising and slashing books.

We used to confiscate a lot of knives and scissors. Sometimes it was theives looking to razor out maps and illustrations to sell but often it was people who just got a sort of perverse pleasure from damaging books.

HerrWalrus - 11 Jul 2019 18:19:46 (#7 of 8)

Fiction or non-fiction?

Agaliarept - 12 Jul 2019 09:11:32 (#8 of 8)

sweet little old ladies were the worst offenders for vandalising books. They’d cross out swear words with pen, because they didn’t approve.

I only mentioned as I'm sure there was a story a while back where a very serious offender turned out to be a little old lady.

but often it was people who just got a sort of perverse pleasure from damaging books.

Why is it never an angry rival author like a rejected plot line from Murder She Wrote.

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