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 someone who had considerable anatomical skill and knowledge. Richard A. Patterson sets out a compelling case for English poet Francis Thompson as the prime suspect for Jack the Ripper in this must-read for Ripperologists the world over.
Australian author and researcher, Richard Patterson, first saw that the English poet Francis Thompson could be the Ripper in 1997. The 47-year-old has travelled the world researching his suspect, including visiting the Burns Library in Boston, which holds the largest collection of Thompson's work and letters. He has researched in Lancashire, Thompson's birthplace, and London s East End, the scene of the murders. On the strength of his theory, Patterson has twice been a guest speaker at the annual UK Jack the Ripper Conference, in 2005 in Brighton and more recently, in 2016, in London. Patterson's research has resulted in news articles in papers, magazines and journals, podcasts, and television. Currently there is a documentary being made on him the theory and the making of the book.
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