A MYSTERY SOLVED
In 1888, five gruesome murders shocked the civilized public. A bloodthirsty killer was on the loose in the slums of London. The world was on the lookout for Jack the Ripper.
Scotland Yard never found their man—or so they said publicly. The police knew the killer’s identity but concealed it to save the ruling class from embarrassment.
The Escape of Jack the Ripper, the true story behind the Whitechapel murders, reveals how British elites manipulated the public to protect one of their own. Through meticulous research, including documents disclosed here for the first time, Jonathan Hainsworth and Christine Ward-Agius have uncovered the killer’s identity.
In The Escape of Jack the Ripper, you’ll learn:
- How a fit of madness transformed a reputable gentleman into a savage murderer
- That the killer was caught literally red-handed but talked his way out of police custody
- About the decades-long cover-up by the press and the police to protect a well-to-do family’s reputation
- About the harrowing social conditions in which the murders took place and why the killer may have been a frustrated reformer
- How the social privileges enjoyed by the ruling class led to a miscarriage of justice
A thoroughly researched and gripping tale, The Escape of Jack the Ripper solves the great Whitechapel murder mystery once and for all.
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About the Author
Christine Ward-Agius was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and is a researcher and working artist. She worked for many years in the welfare sector, gaining particular experience in a program designed to help empower women to escape poverty by means of education and employment. The insight gained from this area of work gave Christine an added interest while assisting her partner Jonathan Hainsworth in writing his first book on Jack the Ripper. Her patient detective work in the Druitt family archives, newspaper articles held in the British Library, and the records of English public schools unearthed previously unseen documentary and photographic evidence pointing clearly at Montague Druitt as the solution to the Whitechapel murders.
Table of Contents
Dramatis Personae ix
Introduction What Mystery? xvii
Chapter 1 In Defense of Murder 1
Chapter 2 Perfect Family … 9
Chapter 3 … Perfect Gentleman 19
Chapter 4 A Call to Rescue the Degraded 25
Chapter 5 "Rip" Murders Not by "the Ripper" 35
Chapter 6 From Tory to Terrorist 43
Chapter 7 The Reign of Red Terror 51
Chapter 8 Demoniacal Work Disturbed 59
Chapter 9 Panic Sweeps "Slumopolis" 67
Chapter 10 Scotland Yard's Fatal Blunder? 79
Chapter 11 Hell's Address: Dorset Street 95
Chapter 12 The English Patient 105
Chapter 13 Jack of Diamonds 129
Chapter 14 A Gentleman's Exit 137
Chapter 15 Cover-up at Chiswick 143
Chapter 16 Veiled Correspondence 151
Chapter 17 Saved by an "Honourable Schoolboy" 163
Chapter 18 Memos of Misdirection 181
Chapter 19 Knight Takes Bishop 201
Chapter 20 The Big Sleep 227
Chapter 21 The Smartest Man in the World? 237
Chapter 22 Grinning like a Cheshire Cat 249