'Dear Boss - I keep on hearing the police have caught me but they won't fix me just yet.'
Was Jack the Ripper an American, or had he lived in the United States? Did he commit any of the Ripper-style murders carried out in the U.S. in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?
Simon Webb's first non-fiction book about the Whitechapel killer re-tells the stories of the murders usually attributed to this mysterious figure, and re-examines the evidence surrounding a number of suspects with American connections.
The suspects I cover in the book, who all had connections with the U.S., are as follows: George Chapman, Jack Gibson, John Kelly, Arbie La Bruckman, Neill Cream, Black Elk, Robert Donston Stephenson, Francis Tumblety and James Maybrick.
True, Stephenson's links to America may just have been figments of his imagination, but he's a fascinating suspect anyway. Stephenson also brought with himself into the book the occultist Aleister Crowley, who is not a suspect but claimed to know who Jack was.