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Jack the Ripper's Identity Now Linked to Victorian Diary

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A street near where Jack the Ripper killed most of his victims in London. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 07:13 AM

Jack the Ripper's identity has now been linked to a Victorian diary kept by a wealthy Liverpool cotton merchant and found 25 years ago.

The serial killer known as Jack the Ripper reportedly killed five women in Whitechapel in 1888, the Daily Mail reported. It’s the most infamous crime spree in London's history and the subject of numerous books and movies. The killer's identity has long been shrouded in mystery.

A new book is claiming that James Maybrick confessed to being Jack the Ripper in his diary that was found beneath the floorboards of a bedroom in Liverpool 25 years ago.

"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," said a line in the memoir, the Daily Mail reported. Critics, though, have questioned the truthfulness of the claim.

The Telegraph reported that Mike Barrett, a Liverpool scrap metal dealer, claimed to have received the dairy from family friend, but many considered it a forgery. Robert Smith, who published the original diary in 1993, told The Telegraph he believes Barrett and those who supplied him with the document kept the fact that it was found in Maybrick's home a secret because they feared prosecution.

"When the diary first emerged, Mike Barrett refused to give any satisfactory explanation for where it had come from, but after painstaking research, chiefly by Bruce Robinson, we can now show a trail that leads us directly to Maybrick's home."

Maybrick died in 1889 while living in the residence known as the Battlecrease House. In 1992, a local electrical firm was making renovations to the residence when three workers – Arthur Rigby, James Coufopoulos, and Eddie Lyons – reportedly found the book and took it to Barrett, who had boasted about being an author, Smith told The Telegraph.

"The truth was that Barrett's only significant literary achievement was to write occasional puzzles for the weekly TV children's magazine, Look-In," Smith told The Telegraph. "Barrett had a highly impetuous nature. Just seeing or being told about the signature at the end of the diary would have been enough for him to reach for the phone.”

"He was not very literate and the idea that he would have been capable of producing such a sophisticated and credible forgery is not remotely plausible," Smith said.

The Daily Mail said historian Bruce Robinson recently charged in another book that Maybrick's brother, Michael Maybrick, was the serial killer. Robinson claimed that the Maybricks were Freemasons, which protected them from prosecution.

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