Jack the Ripper—Case Solved, 1891

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About the Book

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.

Police chief Sir Melville Macnaghten claimed to know the truth from “private information,” but his source has remained unknown for more than a century. Here, the identity of Sir Melville’s informer is revealed, explaining why the Ripper was disguised as an insane surgeon for public consumption. A number of photos are included, some never before seen.

About the Author(s)

J.J. Hainsworth is a high school history teacher and author who lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

Bibliographic Details

J.J. Hainsworth
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9676-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1913-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction: A Gentlemen’s Agreement 2
Prelude: Montie Is Missing 12
I. Boys’ Own 17
II. Sent Down 27
III. Custard and Mess 36
IV. Terror Strikes London 45
V. Fiend in Flight? 55
VI. Man’s Man 64
VII. The “Last” Victim 74
VIII. A Ghost Laid to Rest 86
IX. Scion of the Bourgeoisie 97
X. Well-Dressed Corpse 106
XI. The Priest’s Secret 115
XII. Chief of Spin 128
XIII. Hidden in Hyde 141
XIV. From Montague to Mortemer 154
XV. Doubles and Deflections 165
XVI. Ripper Remystified 177
XVII. Jack the Oxonian 192
Chapter Notes 203
Bibliography 215
Index 217

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “I have read many Jack the Ripper books, some very well written and argued, but this is the first to convince me the 1880s case has been definitively solved, and in fact could have been laid to rest 124 years ago…highly recommended”—Mystery Scene
  • “a fresh examination of the Jack the Ripper murders, brings new information to light”—ProtoView