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Jack the Ripper 'was several different killers' HERE

The character of Jack the Ripper was invented by journalists to sell newspapers, and his East End murder spree was actually the work of several unrelated killers, according to a new book.


By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 10:09AM BST 01 May 2009

Senior police officers who investigated the 1888 prostitute killings were convinced they were not the work of a single man, research by the historian Dr Andrew Cook has uncovered.

A letter boasting about the killings signed by a "Jack the Ripper" was forged by a journalist at the Star newspaper in an attempt to sustain sales that had been swollen by its salacious coverage of the crimes.

This fed a panic that engulfed the Victorian capital and allowed copycat killers to get away with further murders, Dr Cook claims in a new book Jack the Ripper: Case Closed, the culmination of five years studying London's most notorious "serial killer".

According to The Times, Dr Cook alleges that the five women considered to have been the Ripper's victims Mary Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly cannot have been killed by the same person.

The murders of six other women in Whitechapel that are sometimes put down to the Ripper were also unrelated, the historian claims.

He has unearthed an interview given by Percy Clark, the assistant police surgeon in Whitechapel at the time of the murders, several years later in 1910. Speaking of the five Ripper killings, he said: "I think perhaps one man was responsible for three of them. I would not like to say he did the others."

This view was echoed by Thomas Arnold, the senior investigating officer, who said on his retirement that he did not believe Miss Kelly was killed by the Ripper.

The Star newspaper, which was launched shortly before the murders began, recorded daily sales of up to 232,000 as the public became convinced that there was a serial killer on the loose.

Dr Cook claims that the paper's reporter Frederick Best forged the so-called "Dear Boss" confession letter in which the name Jack the Ripper first appeared.

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It's funny isn't it, how every 5 years there is some new book out with a pet new theory on who JTR was.

Last one I read was in my late teens by my then fave author Colin Wilson, who of course  turned him into one of his "Outsider" types.

I think we will never have any idea who he really was.
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This is yet another theory I'm reading in last few months. This possibility can't be ruled out that Jack the Ripper was several different killers. Might be a strong conspiracy theory of that time. Your suggested evidences are up to the mark. They can be believed.

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graham77 wrote:
This is yet another theory I'm reading in last few months. This possibility can't be ruled out that Jack the Ripper was several different killers. Might be a strong conspiracy theory of that time. Your suggested evidences are up to the mark. They can be believed.


I don't agree with you graham. If you look closely all murders are almost identical. I mean how it can be pure coincidence, I guess Jack the Ripper was the man behind all this mystery. It is my opinion.


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