Who was 'Jack the Ripper'? Was he some lone maniac 'down on whores'? Or were the Ripper murders, as this book shows, the joint enterprise of a group of high-ranking desperadoes acting to protect the Prince of Wales's heir, the Duke of Clarence, from blackmail? Many hitherto unknown facts are presented in this authoritative book, which was first published in 1991 and includes a foreword by Joseph Sickert. Melvyn Fairclough skilfully unravels the nexus of intrigue that has threatened the Royal family for three generations.
Melvyn Fairclough was born in 1945 and attended Bolton Art School. He taught himself how to French Polish and in 1977 was able to leave his job in photography and begin a career as a furniture restorer. He is currently working on a novel based on a fin-de-siecle photograph of a Lancashire brass band. He has five children and lives in Surrey.