FACT AND FICTION--Jack the Ripper, an infamous serial killer began his bloody rampage in the Autumn of 1888 in London. That timeframe matches Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation the now world famous fictional detective we all know and love as Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock appeared in various publications and novels during the late Victorian era. But, Doyle never had Holmes go after Jack—at least by name.
Jack the Ripper has been pinned with five murders. The cases remain unsolved.
Sherlock never got the case.
Enter a retired Brit police agent named Trevor Marriott, who has penned several books claiming his research uncovered Jack the Ripper’s true identity. At first, you had to buy his books to learn the ID.
He soon learned it only took one book buyer to post his revelations on the Internet.
With a count of 200 possible suspects logged since 1888, Author Marriott believes Jack the Ripper is non other than German merchant sailor Carl Feigenbaum.
Convicted of murdering his landlady in Manhattan, Feigenbaum died in the electric chair in New York's Sing Sing prison in 1894. His lawyer suspected him of the Ripper murders too.
No photos of Feigenbaum exist.
Now, that the new Sherlock PBS series begins tonight, we are left only to ponder what Sherlock would have done to solve the world’s most famous cold case.
Here are a few Internet links to what’s up with Jack the Ripper:
BIO OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, INCLUDING A 1920s NEWSREEL: