Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson
He was an ex-medical student with a dissecting scalpel, and a history of mental illness and trouble with the police. He had just broken up with a prostitute and had written about cutting women's stomachs open.
At the same time, a few yards from his refuge, a woman was knifed, as part of a spate of prostitute murders, which one coroner said was by so ...more
In 1888, the Ripper tips off the police in poetic letters. He methodically killed fiv ...more
Whitechapel in London has become infamous due to the gruesome series of murders which took place there in 1888, carried out by one individual now widely known as Jack the Ripper. In the search for the identity of this killer the theory of Richard Patterson that renowned and respected English poet Francis Thompson was the Ripper is, initially, a surprising one but keep reading because this is a theory which holds a great deal of weight.
Patterson, through extensive research spanning the last 20 ye
Francis Thompson was a renowned poet and essayist who lived in the Whitechapel area during the most infamous series of murders in the 19th Century. This book explores the possibility that Thompson was really Jack the Ripper.
The book is very well researched and the author has taken a long time moulding these facts into a very plausible theory. The evidence does seem to point to Mr Thompson but then again so does every other Ripper book you read. In this case, if the police ev ...more
I was not persuaded by the speculative link to the Torso murders, or the question whether he, as a poet, was able to use words to trick the women into going with him as I think that in their desperate circumstances he wouldn't need it.
The symbolism at the end lost me a little, but Patterson does make a compelling case for Thompson, being able to place him in the area for the murders and give him both a motive and ...more
It's obvious to the reader that Mr. Patterson has indulged in extensive research in producing h ...more