Is there anything new to be read about Jack the Ripper, whose identity has been sought by countless "Ripperologists" for more than 120 years? This book answers an emphatic "yes!" Drawing on recently discovered sources, the author argues that the Ripper's identity was no mystery to the police in 1891. Assistant Commissioner Sir Melville Macnaghten, having discovered that the murderer was a young barrister who drowned himself in the River Thames, went to elaborate lengths to both reveal and conceal his identity. Along with a famous writer, Macnaghten shared the solution with the public, yet altered the data just enough to protect the deceased suspect's respectable family. Dozens of photos are included, some never before seen.
J. J. Hainsworth is a high school teacher who lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. He also teaches history at St. Dominic's Priory College, a Catholic Girls' school in North Adelaide, Australia.