James Maybrick, possible Jack the Ripper

Identity of Jack the Ripper Closer Than Ever to Being Confirmed


25 years ago, an old diary was found in Liverpool, England. The diary, apparently once the property of a man named Edward Maybrick, contains horrors—vivid descriptions of the gruesome murders of six women. The 9,000-word confession ends with the following affirmation: I give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentleman born. Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper.”


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Image courtesy of Jack the Ripper


The theory of Maybrick as Jack the Ripper has been controversial since the diary was published in 1993, with many regarding it as a fake. However, years of meticulous research by ‘Withnail and I’ director Bruce Robinson and other Ripper fanatics have turned up a stunning revelation: the diary was recovered from the floorboards of Maybrick’s very mansion.


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James Maybrick, a cotton merchant, was born in Liverpool in 1838 and died there—from arsenic poisoning—in 1889. The death came a year after the notorious serial killings of female sex workers scandalized London and captured the popular imagination.


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The diary revelation, among other information, can be found in the upcoming ‘Years of the Diary of Jack the Ripper: The True Facts’ by Robert Smith, who first publicized its contents in 1993. If the claims are verified, it could put the Jack the Ripper identity debate to rest once and for all, closing a mystery that has pointed fingers at figures as varied as Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes, a royal obstetrician, and former heir to the British Throne Prince Albert Victor.


Featured image courtesy of The Mirror.