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

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In 1993, though, Robert Smith published startling new evidence in the shape of a diary. And the memoir, it seemed, could only have been written by the man who had committed the infamous series of murders. Its final sign-off was, “Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper.”

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The diary was said to have been written by James Maybrick, a wealthy Liverpool cotton dealer born in October 1838, making him 49 at the time of the Ripper murders. Married to Florence, Maybrick lived in a large residence in the Liverpool suburbs called Battlecrease House.

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