If the unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper’s identity has kept you up for countless nights, you may be able to rest peacefully now.
With new evidence, researchers believe they have discovered Jack the Ripper’s identity.
The London serial killer, who took the lives of six women, may have been revealed.
According to Fox News:
Researchers now say that they have proven the authenticity of a much-disputed Victorian diary supposedly written by the notorious murderer.
Previously, doubt had been cast on the legitimacy of the diary by James Maybrick, a nineteenth-century cotton merchant from Liverpool. The diary was published in 1993, more than 100 years after his death.
The Telegraph reports that, in the 9,000-word volume, Maybrick confessed to the brutal murders of five women in the East End of London, as well as one prostitute in Manchester.
“I give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentleman born. Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper,” he signed off, at the end of the diary, according to The Telegraph.
The diary, experts believe, is in fact genuine.
It was found in Maybrick’s former home in 1992.
According to the report, “James Maybrick died in 1889, a year after the Whitechapel murders and, in 1992, a team of electrical contractors renovated Maybrick’s former property known as Battlecrease House.”
Mike Barrett, the man who made the diary public, told a London literary agent that he had Jack The Ripper’s diary the same day the “workers were at the house on March 9, 1992.”
For years, many believed Barrett was lying.
At one point Barrett even confessed that he made up the story–but then later retracted that confession.
It seems, then, that Jack the Ripper was really James Maybrick, a Victorian businessman.
Another historian, Withnail and I author Bruce Robinson, recently claimed in another book that Maybrick’s brother, Michael Maybrick, was the Ripper.
He claimed both of the Maybricks were Freemasons and the organisation protected him from being brought to justice.
Other recent theories have suggested a meat cart driver called Charles Allen Lechmere should be considered a suspect because he early route to work coincided with locations of Ripper killings.
As I’ve told my past students, history is much like a murder mystery and the historian is the detective.
No one was actually at the scene in the crime, that particular moment in history–which are one in the same in this case.
All you can do, then, is take the evidence you have and create the best argument based off of said evidence.
We will never know exactly what happened–if this is indeed Jack the Ripper’s diary–but we can make educated guesses that surpass the logic and rationale of others.
Is this enough evidence to suggest this is the real diary? Are you sold on the Maybrick identity?
If you’d like to read more, there is a limited edition copy of 25 Yeras of The Diary of Jack The Ripper: The True Facts by Robert Smithpublished by Mango Books.