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 not Authentic

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Dirk C. Gibson


This chapter is the opposite of the previous one, which asserted that some of the Ripper letters were authentic. This chapter presented the alternative position that none of the Ripper correspondence was in fact authentic. The allegation that these items were hoaxes was documented. The claim that one or more journalists were responsible for the Ripper letters was explored in detail and the likely journalist suspects identified. The study by Inspector Moore of the October 14, 1896, alleged Ripper letter was considered.


Anonymous Letters, Thomas Bullen, Tom Bullen, Bradford Daily Telegraph, Chief Constable, Daily Telegraph, East London Observer, Eastern Post & City Chronicle, Goulston Street, Leonard Matters, Charles Moore, Henry Moore, George Payne, The Star, Walthamstown & Leyton Guardian, Mary Kelly, Whitechapel, Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, Yorkshire Ripper.


Department of Communication & Journalism University of New Mexico Albuquerque USA