Jack the Writer: A Verbal & Visual Analysis of the Ripper Correspondence

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The story of the unidentified serial killer in London’s Whitechapel district - known as Jack The Ripper – has been the subject of interest to researchers for over 120 years. The name ascribed to ...
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The Ripper Correspondence was Authentic

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Dirk C. Gibson


This chapter asserted that some or all of the Ripper correspondence was in fact written by the killer(s). Handwriting analysis of some of the Ripper correspondence items documented the legitimacy of some of the Ripper letters. The Dutton microphotographs were introduced in an attempt to authenticate some of the letters. Expert opinions that some of the Ripper letters were genuine were also considered.


Authentic Letters, Chichester & West Sussex Microscopic Society, Dr. Thomas Dutton, Dutton Microphotographs, Forgery, Graphoanalysis, Handwriting Analysis, Hoax, International Graphoanalysis Society, Legitimate Letters, Journalists, “Jewes, ” George Lusk, Metropolitan Police, Scotland Yard, Sir Melville McNaughen, Saucy Jacky, The Criminologist, World Association of Document Examiners.


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA