A Man Studied A Diary Of Grisly Confessions. Now He Claims To Know Jack The Ripper’s True Identity

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The Jack the Ripper murders have in equal measure intrigued and horrified murder mystery fans since 1888. Now, claims to have conclusively nailed the killer’s identity are being made yet again. And this new story is a worthy twist to Ripper mythology. The plot to that story, moreover, includes a London publisher, a former scrap metal dealer from Liverpool, in the north of England, and the discovery of a mysterious diary in a grand house.

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Author Robert Smith released a book in 1993 based upon the diary, which came to light in mysterious circumstances. The memoir concludes with the chilling lines, “I do give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentle man born. Yours truly, Jack The Ripper.”

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And the story of Jack the Ripper was the stuff of Victorian nightmares. His reign of terror stretched from August to November 1888 in and around Whitechapel in London’s East End. This was a neighborhood infamous for its acute poverty; it was also well known as a place where a Victorian gent could find prostitutes.

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