So now the mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper has been thrown wide open. He singularly has for over 130 years been credited with the killing of 5 prostitutes in Whitechapel between August and November 1888. This may not now be the case as my investigation has cast a doubt about all of these five murders having been committed by the same person, as well as the earlier murder of Martha Tabram and the later murders of McKenzie and Coles who have been suggested as being ripper victims. So it is quite feasible there could have been different killers involved in the commission of these murders in Whitechapel with none of them acting together in a joint enterprise.
My investigation uncovered a total of 17 unsolved Ripper like murders which occurred between 1863- 1894 not only in London but also in Germany and The USA. I suggest that the German merchant seaman Carl Feigenbaum could have been responsible for one, some or all of these murders. That view has not changed.
So that still leaves un-answered questions. Was there such a person as Jack the Ripper or was he just an urban myth created by the press? My long and protracted investigation led me to believe that there was no singular Jack the Ripper and that in fact he was nothing more than an urban myth created by an over zealous member of the press. The police seldom referred to the killer as Jack the Ripper choosing to refer to the killer as The Whitechapel Murderer, and why did they do that?
The police in 1888 also believed that the name Jack the Ripper was created by a member of the press. During the murders a letter which has become known as “The Dear Boss letter” was sent to The Central News Agency Office purporting to be from the killer, it was signed Jack the Ripper. The letter was dated September 25th 1888 and was received at the press offices on September 27th 1888. A “Saucy Jack” postcard was also sent to the Central News Agency on October 1st 1888 and also signed Jack the Ripper.
From that day on the myth of Jack the Ripper was created, and has to this day has resulted in all of the Whitechapel Murders still being attributed to the same killer.
The handwriting of a member of the press at the time Frederick Best a reporter for The Star Newspaper was examined in 2009 by an expert who concluded that he was the most likely author of the letter and the postcard. In 1931 Best is reported to have admitted to writing the Ripper letters in conjunction with another who he refused to name.
If the name of Jack the Ripper was removed from the investigation and the longstanding theories that he removed organs from some of the victims at the crime scenes, and he did kill all the victims, what remains?
The answer is nothing more than a series of similar unsolved murders all of which bear some similarities to each other which had it not been for all of these three factors keeping the Ripper mystery alive for 130 years, they would no doubt have drifted into obscurity many years ago.
The search to obtain the truth still goes on however the passage of time has not been kind to my 21st Century Investigation in relation to all of these murders which occurred 130 years ago. However I remain the ever eternal optimist that one day new evidence will come to light to finally close a murder case which has and still does to this very day fascinate people worldwide.