Jack the Ripper--Case Solved, 1891

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Is there anything new to be read about Jack the Ripper, whose identity has been sought by countless “Ripperologists” for more than 120 years? This book answers an emphatic “yes!” Drawing on recently discovered sources, the author argues that the Ripper's identity was no mystery to the police in 1891. Assistant Commissioner Sir Melville Macnaghten, having discovered that the murderer was a young barrister who drowned himself in the River Thames, went to elaborate lengths to both reveal and conceal his identity. Along with a famous writer, Macnaghten shared the solution with the public, yet altered the data just enough to protect the deceased suspect's respectable family. Dozens of photos are included, some never before seen.

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From “The Advertiser – SA Weekend” (Adelaide) Dec 5 2015:
“Ripping Theory”. JONATHAN HAINSWORTH reckons his new book won’t make him too many friends in the much-debated field of “Ripperology’’ – the study of the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. The Adelaide history teacher has a theory ... that the case was solved in 1891 and the killer’s identity was known to police and, in some fashion, to the broader public. Hainsworth’s theory [is] that the killer’s identity was protected to spare his respected middle class family from the shame ... Jack is Montague Druitt, a graduate of Oxford University and a cricketer. His own well-to-do family believed him to be the killer ... [the author] combed through existing sources, found new sources, travelled to England with partner and researcher Christine Ward-Agius and pieced together the bones of his theory. The key lay with three prominent figures of the age. The Chief Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Sir Melville Macnaghten, journalist and author George Sims and the grandly named Colonel Sir Vivian Dering Majendie, bomb disposal expert and chief inspector of munitions ... the Majendie link ... is the big breakthrough. Macnaghten and Sims had been friends ... Hainsworth believes the two worked together to mislead the public about the killer’s true identity. But the reason they did it was for Majendie ... he was related to Montague Druitt through marriage ... [and] also related to a vicar called Charles Druitt, Montague’s cousin, who Hainsworth believes took Druitt’s confession before his suicide ... “These are people who know each other ... It’s a closed circle”.

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J. J. Hainsworth is a high school teacher who lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. He also teaches history at St. Dominic’s Priory College, a Catholic Girls’ school in North Adelaide, Australia.

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