Historian Believes He Has Solved The Case Of Jack The Ripper

October 6, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – It is a case that has fascinated generations. Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers in history, has always been a mystery. But one man believes he may have unmasked him at last.

In a Discovery Channel documentary, ‘Jack the Ripper: Killer Revealed’, Mei Trow speaks about how two years of intensive research have led him to Robert Mann.

Mann was a morgue assistant who testified in the case of Polly Nichols. He is believed to fit the profile given by the FBI in 1988, which describes who Jack the Ripper may have been.

They described a white male, from a lower social class and menial job, but with anatomical knowledge, such as a butcher or morgue attendant would have had. They say he most likely came from a broken home, probably with an abusive or neglectful childhood, and would have been socially awkward.

Mann fits all of these points.

He was brought up for most of his childhood in a workhouse, after his father abandoned the family, exposing him to a rather rough and deprived life. He worked as a morgue attendant at the Whitechapel location where at least two of the women were sent after their deaths. He was also described as being ‘prone to fits’, and so his testimony in the Polly Nichols case was called unreliable by the Coroner.

But it isn’t just the possible clues to Mann being the infamous Mad Jack that is intriguing about Trow’s findings. It is that he believes there were two more victims.

The first, Martha Tabram, was stabbed 39 times, and preceded all other victims. Trow believes she was Ripper’s first kill.

The second was Alice McKenzie (a.k.a Alice Bryant), who has long since been suspected to have been a victim, specifically Ripper’s last. She was stabbed twice in the neck, and her abdomen was badly mutilated.

Both women are on a list of possible victims put together by several followers on the Ripper cases, and there are 11 more.

The documentary will be aired on The Discovery Channel UK on Sunday, October 11, at 9:00 PM.

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