Not because he was a quasi-supernatural entity with an ability to perform lightning-fast kerb-side surgery whilst running split-second rings around two London police forces.
Jack the Ripper did not exist - except within the minds of his creators and those who for one reason or another have strived for over one hundred years to turn the myth into a reality.
Deconstructing Jack: The Secret History of the Whitechapel Murders reveals the endless stream of lies, invention, political misinformation, self-publicity and opportunism which has kept this Victorian bogeyman alive in the darkest reaches of our 21st Century imaginations.
Can history ever bring itself to shrug off almost 130 years of dogma and cherished beliefs, and at last smile ruefully at having been suckered in probably the greatest shell game of all time? Or will this heretical challenge to orthodoxy be peremptorily dismissed as revisionist nonsense, thus allowing the time-old parlour game of Pin the Tail on the Ripper to continue ad infinitum?
"Simon D. Wood takes up the position of supreme iconoclast"—Richard Whittington-Egan, "Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Casebook."
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