The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 – bizarre, brutal and the subject of a storm of media attention – continue to exert a macabre hold on the imagination. There were no witnesses, and no descriptions for the police, or the media, to work with. All the victims were women, their bodies horrifically mutilated; the assumption was drawn that the Ripper was a man.
Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman, the result of extensive research by John Morris and his late father, answers the many unresolved questions about the murders, arguing that ‘Jack’ was, in fact, a woman. The clues are all there in the evidence: the victims were not sexually assaulted, not frenziedly slashed by a madman – but deliberately, precisely mutilated. Perhaps the biggest clue of all: the victims’ uteri were carefully removed – in 26 other murders of this type, all have been committed by women. John Morris not only identifies these key elements, but also presents the case against the individual woman he believes to be the killer, and the true Ripper.
Includes 20 black & white illustrations.
John Morris is a retired solicitor from Wales. He now lives in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and works for the Carlyle Institute in Dublin. This is his first book.