Was poet Francis Thompson the real Jack the Ripper?

Francis Thompson

Martin Robinson writes:

Jack the Ripper’s true identity has baffled police and amateur detectives for more than a century.

But an English teacher has now claimed the gruesome murders of at least five women in London in the 1880s was the work of a well-known poet who revealed his blood lust in his writing.

Richard Patterson, 45, has spent nearly 20 years investigating his case to prove that respected writer Francis Thompson was responsible for butchering countless women across London.

Mr Patterson claims that Thompson, from Preston, Lancashire, was a drug addict with links to prostitutes who wrote about killing people.


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