Diary of Jack the Ripper

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Diary of Jack the Ripper

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This chapter explores the authentication of the purported diary of one of the world's most maniacal serial killers — Jack the Ripper. It begins by discussing his murders and the condition of the bodies found after the murder. More than a century after the slayings, a Liverpool scrap metal dealer named Mike Barrett allegedly came into possession of a remarkable diary, that if genuine, solved the gruesome mystery. The diary's author named James Maybrick, was a fifty-year-old cotton merchant from Liverpool, died of poison in 1889. Entries in the diary explained how Maybrick, seeking revenge on his unfaithful wife, committed the murders in drug-induced frenzies. This chapter also details the investigation made to prove the authenticity of the diary. It shows all the elements found in the diary are symptomatic of an amateurish forgery, indicating it is a hoax.

Keywords: diary; Jack the Ripper; James Maybrick; Mike Barrett; forgery; Liverpool; hoax

Chapter.  3695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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