AN AUTHOR who claims she has spent millions trying to find out once and for all who Jack the Ripper was says she has reached a definitive conclusion.
Patricia Cornwell says that renowned British Impressionist painter Walter Sickert was the notorious mass killer.
Cornwell first came up with her Sickert theory 15 years ago, writing about it in her 2002 book Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed.
She has now further developed the theory with what she claims is new evidence in her new book Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert.
There has been a great deal of speculation as to the true identity of Jack the Ripper
Police first suspected the Ripper to have been a butcher, due to the way he killed his victims and the fact they were found near the dockyards, where meat was imported into the city.
A book accused Queen Victoria’s surgeon, Sir John Williams, of being the killer, as he had a surgery in Whitechapel at the time.
One controversial theory linked the murders with Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert Victor – also known as the Duke of Clarence.
Cotton merchant James Maybrick was the prime suspect after extracts of his diary appeared to suggest he was the murderer. These were later deemed to have been forged.
Another suspect was Dorset-born barrister Montague John Druitt, who committed suicide in the Thames shortly after last murder.
George Chapman, otherwise known as Seweryn K?osowski, was in the frame after he poisoned three of his wives. He was hanged in 1903.
Aaron Kosminski was a police suspect and was admitted to Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, where he died.
Dr Thomas Neill Cream was hanged after he was found guilty of poisoning four London prostitutes with strychnine.
Bizarrely, Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, was once in the frame. He taught at Christ Church until 1881, which was at the forefront of the Ripper Murder scenery.
Lord Randolph Churchill, whose son was Winston Churchill, has also been named as a potential suspect.
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