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Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson

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Francis Thompson in 1888.
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
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Paperback, 399 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Austin Macauley Publishers
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Vivian D. Sober
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson, Richard Patterson, writes about the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper (The Ripper). The Ripper is the subject of many books. However, this author and Joseph C. Rupp, the forensic pathologist who wrote the Forward, believe Francis Thompson, a posthumous, genius and renowned poet is actually The Ripper. Richard Patterson thoroughly explains his allegations.

In 1888, the Ripper tips off the police in poetic letters. He methodically killed fiv
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Crime Traveller

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

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Nicki Markus
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-non-fiction
When the author approached me to review this title, the timing was interesting as I was in the process of writing a new story of my own that touches upon the Ripper murders. Therefore, with a bit of serendipity at play, I agreed to read this book. I have to say that Patterson's arguments in favour of Thompson as the Ripper are compelling--more so than some of the other names put forward over the years. The study is clearly well researched, and on the whole it was a gripping read. There were a fe ...more
Susie
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susie An interesting and thought provoking read. Richard's many years of researching Francis Thompson shows clearly though out book I highly recommend it crime readers and none to crime readers.
Jason Moore
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books on Jack the Ripper over the years, by various authors all with different suspects. I must say I have been impressed with nearly all of them and congratulate the authors on doing so much research into their chosen suspect. When I was first told about this book naming a Poet as a suspect I admit I was a bit bewildered, but thought I would give it a go as I am hopelessly addicted to this genre!! Well I am glad I did. This book is incredibly researched and well written. I hone ...more
Breakaway Reviewers
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Was he, or wasn’t he?

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
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Alessandro Mana
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jack-the-ripper
Richard A. Patterson illuminates the nebulous and dreary alleyways of Victorian London with a neon light, highlighting all the strange "coincidences" that Thompson and Jack the Ripper share. It does so by reconstructing the poet's life through all possible documentation, analyzing his works and private postcards with his publishers. He does not leave anything heir. It follows the religious and the medical track. Try to track every single move. It compares newspapers and testimonies of the Whitec ...more
Sarah
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This thoroughly researched, intricate and immensely captivating book unravels the mystery of Jack the Ripper. The writing is truly immersive while simultaneously presents compelling evidence of Francis Thompson's guilt. The years of work put into this by Richard Patterson are clear and have resulted in the compilation of a wonderful book for those passionate about the Jack the Ripper murders as well as those who are simply interested in reading a piece of work that is beautifully written and wel ...more
Peter Coombes
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read a lot of good information a must read if you are a jack fan and if not you still should read this there are a lot of ripper books about but this one is one of the best ones I have read in a long time
Rebecca
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Serial killers continue to haunt the collective minds of society, as is apparent by the number and popularity of criminal-focused T.V. shows on the air today. What pushes a man—or woman—to the brink of sanity and causes them to kill others? The jury may still be out on just what causes such feelings and spurs violence in this manner, but one thing is certain: by learning more about the human mind, and our own selves, we can better understand—and more importantly, hypothesize a solution for—conti ...more
Rosie
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Most of us have heard of Jack the Ripper – the almost demonic presence which haunted London in 1888. Jack the Ripper was someone who was never caught, but speculation over their identity remains to this day, capturing the attention of countless, some even devoting their lives to the mystery. In this book, Richard Patterson introduces a new suspect into the fold, building on an article published by Dr. Rupp who first suggested this person in an article on the centenary of the murders in 1988.

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Maranda Russell
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
This is a fascinating book. I'm not sure how likely it is that Francis Thompson really was or wasn't the ripper, but the evidence shared here is compelling on its own. I was most drawn to this book because as a poet myself, it is hard to imagine another person who is sensitive enough to be a good poet, also being cruel and callous enough to murder in such a reprehensible way. Jack the Ripper didn't just kill, he mutilated. It is hard for me to see a poet being that cold and unfeeling, but perhap ...more
Andrew
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even without the Ripper link, Thompson is an interesting character in his own right.
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
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Danielle Goodwin
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richard Patterson's "Jack the Ripper: The Works of Francis Thompson" is a great read for people fascinated by Jack the Ripper. When I was a teenager, I was a real amateur Ripperologist, but I hadn't seen anything new or different in years. This is a haunting tale about the poet Francis Thompson. His story and his own words make for a very engrossing story. It will leave you creeped out, for sure! Makes a great read for Halloween!
Clive Bevitt
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
The research in this book is OK but is really let down by execrable sub editing and editing. Spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and sentences finishing part way through abound. A few factual errors present and a lot of repetition occurs. A shame as the theory Mr Thompson is putting forward is both interesting and credible.
Alicia
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson" by Richard Patterson is an eye opening, chocked full of surprises, biographical book. To find out more about this wonderful work, please read my professional review on HubPages: http://hub.me/alDbJ
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Brian Porter
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Patterson has gone where few have gone before him in presenting a reasonably damning case that leans towards naming famed Victorian poet, Francis Thompson as a credible suspect in the case of Jack the Ripper. I say 'leans towards' because the author very cleverly makes the point that he leaves any such conclusion to the reader, even though we know he is pointing the finger directly at the poet.
It's obvious to the reader that Mr. Patterson has indulged in extensive research in producing h
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