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Jack the Ripper: Proof He Had a Female Accomplice
Jack the Ripper stalked the gas lit streets of Victorian London in the year 1888, viciously murdering prostitutes with seeming impunity, only to disappear into history as suddenly and as inexplicably as he had arrived. After 126 years and more than 300 books published on the case, he remains a worldwide phenomenon.
“Jack the Ripper was not just a serial killer,” says Wescott. “He brought the most powerful city in the world to its knees. He completely stumped the great Scotland Yard and almost brought an end to the Monarchy. This would have changed the world in ways we can only imagine. People want to know who he was. They want to know why he did what he did.”
The Bank Holiday Murders is the first book to focus on the two earliest and most overlooked Whitechapel murders. Both occurred on subsequent bank holidays, which are similar to federal holidays in the United States when banks and other institutions close for the day. “Most Ripper books fall into two categories,”
The Bank Holiday Murders: The True Story of the First Whitechapel Murders resets the clock at zero and marks the beginning of a new era in Ripperology, the term used to describe the burgeoning field of researchers devoted to solving the case. Grounded in fact and contemporary evidence instead of theory and speculation, the book rewrites the ‘Great Victorian Mystery’ and places the crimes in their proper context. Along with utilizing contemporary police sources to positively name an accomplice, it also presents shocking evidence of police corruption and exposes a handful of men who appear to have known and protected the killer. “I didn’t expect to find what I found. Some of the new information is quite incredible,”
About Tom Wescott: He has published extensively on the Ripper case for the past 15 years with work appearing in journals such as Ripperologist, Casebook Examiner, Ripper Notes, and the Whitechapel Society Journal, among others. He has also contributed extensively to Casebook.org and Jtrforums.com, the two largest sources of Ripper-related information on the web. His work has been acknowledged by many of the most respected authors in the field, including Stewart P. Evans and Keith Skinner (Letters from Hell) and Paul Begg (‘The Complete Jack the Ripper A-Z’ with Martin Fido and Keith Skinner and ‘The Complete and Essential Jack the Ripper’ with John Bennett). The Bank Holiday Murders is his first book.