Who was Jack the Ripper
Between 1887 and 1891, a succession of horrific murders shook Victorian London. Over the period, 16 women were attacked – of whom only 3 survived. Despite the best attempts of contemporary detectives, no individual was ever charged with those crimes. Countless researchers, like my guest today, Dr. Drew Gray, have attempted to solve the 130-year-old mystery: Who was ‘Jack the Ripper’?
Despite the best efforts of contemporary detectives, no-one was ever prosecuted for these crimes and, until now, no convincing suspect has been put forward for both sets of murders. This ground-breaking work has examined new lines of enquiry generated by recent scholarship. With several ‘Thames Torso’ killings now attributable to his hand, ‘Jack’ it seems was culpable in upwards of sixteen assaults – at least thirteen of them fatal. This individual was amply possessed of the three ‘cardinals’ of the murderer – means, motive and opportunity – and the authors offer long-sought solutions to several case conundrums such as the Goulston Street ‘evidence’, the enduring ‘Mad Doctor’ theory and the Pinchin Street ‘cross-over’.
Join me as I interview Dr. Gray on his book, Jack and the Thames Torso Murders. From his office at The Northhampton University in England. If you are like me, you will be surprised how much you DIDN'T know about Jack the Ripper. Professor Gray took me on a tour of the "mean streets" of London in 1895. His book, which he co-authored with Andrew Wise, is replete with maps, sketches and details you will not find in any other book or A&E documentary.
NOTE: DESPITE WHAT YOU THINK AFTER LISTENING TO DR. GRAY'S ACCENT, HE IS NOT THE VOICE OF THE GEICO INSURANCE COMPANY GECKO!