'Jack the Ripper, The Works of Francis Thompson,'
A destitute, addict, gone mad with love, is an infamous sexual serial killer, Escaping, he becomes a renowned poet, and is protected by a conspiracy that lasts a century.
Francis Thompson in 1888. He was an ex-medical student with a dissecting scalpel, and a history of mental illness and trouble with the police. He had just broken up with a prostitute and had written about cutting women's stomachs open. At the same time, a few yards from his refuge, a woman was knifed, as part of a spate of prostitute murders, which one coroner said was by someone who had considerable anatomical skill and knowledge. Richard A. Patterson sets out a compelling case for English poet Francis Thompson as the prime suspect for Jack the Ripper in this must-read for Ripperologists the world over.