A Birmingham author has caused a storm among historians by claiming Jack the Ripper was a woman.
Former solicitor John Morris, 62, has named Welsh-born Lizzie Williams as the Whitechapel monster – and claims she killed her victims because she could not have children.
Lizzie was wife of royal physician Sir John Williams, himself seen as a prime suspect by many other crime experts.
John’s new book, Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman, was written along with his late father Byron.
The men sifted through thousands of medical and legal documents to draw-up a compelling case for branding Lizzie the killer.
But John, speaking from his current home in Wicklow, Ireland, said their theory has not proved popular among Ripper experts.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “The case for a woman murderer is overwhelming. But unfortunately it does not sit well in some quarters where such a theory flies in the face of long-held beliefs.
“There’s absolutely no doubt that the Ripper was a woman. But because everyone believes that the murderer was a man, all the evidence that points to a woman has always been ignored.”
Tip: Fortean Times Daily News
Hmm. Ripper suspects are a dime a dozen. No new ideas are surprising anymore. Sounds interesting but we will never know for sure.
Here is an excellent rundown of the Ripper tale and what we know or suspect about who is behind it.
The bottom line is that there is no widely accepted evidence suggesting an identity for Jack the Ripper. There are many hoaxed diaries, claims of royal conspiracies, Freemason plots, and all sorts of theories that are all either disproven or based on pure speculation.
When you hear anyone claim to have finally solved the case of Jack the Ripper, you have very good reason to be skeptical.