Then author Patricia Cornwell jumped on the Ripper bandwagon in 2002 with her book Jack the Ripper – Case Closed. Her favored perpetrator was artist Walter Sickert, who had already been named by others as a suspect. This idea became something of a fixation for Cornwell, who published a second book on the subject in 2017 and claims to have spent more than $6 million on her investigations.
Others possible candidates for the real Jack the Ripper include Montague John Druitt, whose body was hauled from the River Thames in 1888. Then there’s Francis Tumblety, a fake doctor who peddled herbal cures, or William Bury, who did actually murder his own wife. But none of those suspects, and the many others, have gained widespread acceptance as representing the true identity of Jack the Ripper.