Richard A. Patterson has found what could truly be the identity of London's darkest shadow, Jack the Ripper. His book 'Jack the Ripper, the Works of Francis Thompson' has caught the attention of the West Sussex County Times, the local paper who shares the home with the man himself, Francis Thompson.
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.