The notorious Jack the Ripper is no stranger to fame. Intentionally or not, you will have read about him in books, heard about him on film or television and you may have even learnt more of the man and his murders on one of London’s Jack the Ripper walks. Mystery and terror have surrounded Jack the Ripper for over a century with people the world over haunted by the thought of him. All these years on, people are still fascinated by the butcher with no face, no real name and no record of ever being caught or punished for his crimes. Yet this killer spread fear and paranoia throughout Victorian London and has since inspired more than 300 books, at least half a dozen movies and countless other pop culture phenomena. People cannot help but be drawn in by his reputation and notoriety but what if they found out the Ripper never actually existed? It seems impossible that such an urban legend could be nothing more than an over-inflated figment of someone’s imagination but that is the new theory taking the Ripper’s world by storm.
According to a recent report by historical crime detective Trevor Marriott, the enigmatic figure who sparked a ferocious nineteenth century manhunt and intrigued the world for more than a century wasn’t real. Marriott claims:
- The facts and figures of the Jack the Ripper case have been seriously distorted from years of speculation and conspiracy theories.
- Audiences have been completely deceived by number of authors and publishers. While some books and novels were written based on facts and plausible speculation many “authoritative” works added fabricated and embellished details. These particular works were market successes but served to mislead many researchers.
- Artistic license in movies, documentaries and TV shows played their part in encouraging conspiracy theories which have only tentative links to fact, if they have any at all.
- Jack the Ripper was accused of only five murders for definite yet there were many similar murders before and after the ones attributed to him. Marriott claims that had Jack the Ripper actually existed he would have been accused of all the murders in London, Germany and America that fit his profile.
- Marriott claims that because police failed to catch the butcher behind the Whitechapel murders they came up with a falsified story to deal with the public pressure. They invented the story of Jake the Ripper with the help of writer who posed as Jack the Ripper and wrote a letter of admission to the press.
Trevor Marriott, who is a former homicide detective with Bedfordshire Police, has caught the whole world off-guard with his claims. It is almost impossible to believe the suggestion that Jack the Ripper – a historical figure in his own right these days – was a ruse. However, you will have to make up your own mind on the situation by considering all the facts and theories. Why not go on a Jack the Ripper tour to explore more of the man and his shadowy Victorian world? That way you can decide whether or not you agree with Marriott that “there just isn’t a Jack The Ripper as such.”
Richard Cobb – has written 201 posts on this site.
Richard Cobb is a industry expert on everything Jack The Ripper, he is also the founding partner of The Jack The Ripper Tour which has become extremely successful over the last 3 years.