Cornwell has new book out about Sickert as Jack the Ripper

She reinforces her claim that the artist was the killer and a conspiracy was afoot.

Jack the Ripper: Best-selling author Patricia Cornwell prepares to publish evidence of ‘Royal conspiracy’ – London – News – London Evening Standard.

Best-selling crime author Patricia Cornwell believes she has uncovered new evidence about the identity of London’s most famous serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

She is ready to publish 11 years of new research which she believes points the finger at artist Walter Sickert.

Cornwell, 47, also believes she has uncovered new links between her chief suspect and the royal family, seemingly backing up a “royal conspiracy” that has been suggested by many investigators of the case for decades.

Cornwell has always believed it was Sickert. This was the premise of her previous book, Portrait of a Killer—Jack the Ripper: Case Closed. Now, she says, she believes it more than ever based on watermarks on the paper. She had denied allegations that this self-funded search for the killer, Jack, borders on obsession. If she is stuck on the idea of Sickert, this may have limited her ability to see other evidence objectively.

The Ripper case has been hacked to death – excuse the phrasing – and we will probably never know the real killer. It’s been an awful long time to pull new evidence in for this case and to know what is reliable and what is not.

  18 comments for “Cornwell has new book out about Sickert as Jack the Ripper

  1. Eve
    November 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    She should have subtitled the new book “Case Closeder” or “Case Even Yet Further More Closed.” Take an unconvincing argument, add a conspiracy theory and–voila–you’ve got a convincing argument.

  2. Peter Robinson
    November 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    There was a very convincing case made some years ago that it was an English Doctor who had emigrated to the U.S. and whose visits back to London coincided with the murders, as well as known to have stayed in the vicinity. Apparently he was known in the U.S. to have body parts preserved in jars in his house, and the fact that he had medical knowledge/surgical experience was connected with the odd way in which the bodies were mutilated.

    Can anyone recall more as to who this was? It was certainly the most compelling identification of a suspect I have ever seen or read about.

  3. Lagaya1
    November 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    If it had been a railroad worker or something, it might be considered suspect to have body parts in jars in his house; with a doctor, maybe not so much. Transporting body parts from England… that would also be a problem. I guess he could be killing in both places, though. It might even be expected that he would.

  4. December 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    You’re thinking of Dr. Tumblety – an American quack who traveled to England at least once. There is no solid evidence of any connection to the Ripper murders and he is not connected with any other murders in the US.

  5. December 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    She is fixated on Sickert, I found her previous book unconvincing – no explanation as to why the murders stopped.

    May as well claim that she is the Ripper as she is as fixated as Sickert was.

  6. Chris Howard
    December 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    My favorite theory is H H Holmes was also Jack The Ripper.

    Not because there’s any shred of good evidence for it, but how cool would that be?

    I await the Hollywood movie. 😉

  7. December 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I can’t resist thinking of a theory John Godwin once suggested, although there is no evidence for it except the Ripper’s sheer elusiveness. Was it Jill the Ripper? Godwin referred to Sherlock Holmes’ theory of the “invisible person” – the suspect no one sees because no one looks for them. A midwife would have been able to walk around with surgical instruments and blood on her, and no one would give it a thought – and the idea that a woman might be doing this was nigh unthinkable in that society. A murder-crazed midwife could have practically walked around under the noses of the police and vigilantes, and the victims would have trusted her. Just an interesting speculation.

  8. spookyparadigm
    December 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I defended Moore and Campbell’s “Dance of the Gull-Catchers” in the last story on Jack the Ripper, and this new bit only makes their point even more.

  9. Chris Howard
    December 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Honestly though, couldn’t it have just as easily been multiple murders by different perpetrators lumped together by investigators into the Jack The Ripper mythos?

    I’m sure prostitutes had always been abused and murdered, but no one gave it a second thought, until someone pointed it out. Did the police at that time really investigate the murders of the prostitutes?

    People start to notice, and invent patterns, then a personification of evil emerges from letters from a person(s) claiming to be the killer.

  10. December 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Certainly prostitutes were an east mark for violence and even murder but the White Chapel murders were different. The women were ripped open with their innards both missing and put on display at the scene. The corpses were also posed. All far too gruesome for run of the mill copy cat murders.

  11. Irritated Kalifornian
    December 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Wasn’t that H.H Holmes? the guy with the murder house in chicago?

  12. Woody
    December 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Looking at all the evidence involved with the murders, one could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps more than one murderer was involved in the case. I also heard about an earlier suspect, a local woman-hating butcher, who was not investigated thoroughly enough because of the political strife within the investigating police service at the time.
    Estimates of surgical skill have been grossly exaggerated in the past in regard to other crimes, murders, cattle-mutilations and so on.
    I’m not saying that surgical skill wasn’t involved, I’m saying surgical skill was involved, but many a butcher could perform these tasks, like carefully removing individual organs and displaying them in alphabetical order near the victim.
    My view on it now sounds like that of a number of other commenters; How to be sure now? Some theories sound fairer than others, some sound barely viable, who knows?

  13. Chris Howard
    December 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Aren’t we talking about a time when police work, like the medicine of the day, was hunch-based?

    Did they even have forensic medicine/pathology, much less ME’s during that time?

    It seems like the police work in the 19th century would have been a messy, non-scientific affair with a lot of baseless, ignorant, conjecture.

    Was there sound, science based, crime-scene methodology? It seems to me that if the evidence and methodology were of such quality that we wouldn’t have all this conjecture… but what do I know? 😉

  14. spookyparadigm
    December 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    There were some investigations in the Ripper cases, at least the later ones. Not so much with crime scenes (including the infamous washing of graffiti from one of the scenes).

  15. Blargh
    December 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    @ Chris Howard

    “It seems like the police work in the 19th century would have been a messy, non-scientific affair with a lot of baseless, ignorant, conjecture.”

    You’re talking as if things are any different now… 😉

  16. Chris Howard
    December 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Touché 😉

  17. December 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I found the original book she wrote interesting, if not convincing. She also seemed to go out of her way to belittle those with conflicting theories. Since I am, like millions of others, fascinated by the Ripper I may read the new book, but I doubt any ‘new evidence’ will make me change my mind about Sickert.

  18. December 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Moore & Campbell’s FROM HELL was a brilliant graphic novel and remains a favorite. I’m not sure I am convinced of their conclusion, but find it more likely than some others I have read. Perhaps it is the touch of royal involvement and political influence on the police that adds to its being a popular theory.

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