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Old 05-09-2017, 03:14 AM
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Default New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

Not sure it this is already being discussed on Casebook. But:

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

Pattersonís book, which has been published by Austin and Macauley, is the result of 20 years of research, in which he travelled around the world gathering information to show Thompson was a serial killer.

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Old 05-09-2017, 04:04 PM
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Not sure it this is already being discussed on Casebook. But:

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

Pattersonís book, which has been published by Austin and Macauley, is the result of 20 years of research, in which he travelled around the world gathering information to show Thompson was a serial killer.

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Richard has posted about it many times here.

Book is good.

I'm not persuaded, a few times he seems to over egg the pudding and at times I think he reads far to much into Thompson's poetry, but he has done great research.
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:32 PM
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GUT is right.

I do over egg the pudding, (gone too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something) I think he says this because the facts alone should be enough, to warrant interest. These being that Thompson was in Spitalsfields, carried a knife, had several years of medical training, and was looking for a prostitute who had abandoned him. Although my book discusses these things in detail, it throws in a lot more connections which some may think are far fetched. My reasoning is simple. If I am going to write that he was the Ripper I will put in everything that correlates to the claim between the covers as I can, and let other people decide to sort the wheat from the chaff. At least it's all there for readers to pick apart and make up their own minds. Thanks for bringing up my book richardh.
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I drifted away from all things Ripper for quite a while but I seem to recall Thompson being mentioned as a suspect before. It must have been 10 years or more ago. I'll be getting your new book soon but I was wondering if anyone else had nominated Thompson as a suspect? I may have read something by you.
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Hi Herlock Sholmes.

Thompson was first mentioned as a suspect in 1988, in the Criminologist, in an article named 'Was Francis Thompson Jack the Ripper?' It was written by a Texan forensic pathologist named Dr. Joseph Rupp. I first suggested the same thing in a newspaper article in 1998, ten years later, although, at the time, I did not know of Dr. Rupp's article. If you had heard about this suspect ten years ago, if might have been something that I had put out there. Thompson, as a suspect, has been listed on Casebook for many years now. I hope you enjoy my book and find it useful.
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Hi Richard
I think that it's likely that I read about Thompson in Ripperologist which I used to get as a member of The Cloak and Dagger club. It could have been the Criminologist article or from your own writings posted there. He seems like an interesting suspect and just from reading your posts about the four points he becomes a more valid one than many. It appears, after being away from the subject for a while, that some authors consider it sufficient to just fulfill the "well he was alive at the time," criteria. Mann, Bachert, Abberline! etc and then trying to craft a scenario around this fact.
I look forward to reading your book as soon as I get it.
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