The Suspects

Over the past 130 years the list of suspects has reached over 100 with a small minority being regarded as prime suspects, among those are Prince Albert Victor, Thomas Cutbush, George Chapman, Francis Tumblety, Aaron Kosminski, Walter Sickert, Sir, William Gull, Michael Ostrog, Montagu Druitt, and Joseph Barnett. I could find no direct evidence to suggest any of them were Jack The Ripper, and in most cases I suggest that none should ever have been elevated to prime suspect status but simply looked upon 130 years later as “persons of interest”, as the term “Prime Suspect” did not evolve until the 1930`s

Since 1888 when the murders were first committed, the list of suspects has grown and grown, and to date totals well over 100. These reign from the sublime to the ridiculous with such names as Dr Barnard° who did so much for child poverty in 1888, to Lewis Carroll the world famous writer of children’s stories. Even today we have a female suspect aptly called “Jill the Ripper” to go with Jack”.

W.H. Bury Frederick Deeming Montague Druit Aaron Kosminski George Chapman
Francis Tumblety Prince Albert Victor Walter Sickert Dr. Neil Cream

At the time of the murders very few suspects came to the notice of the police. Set out above are some of the better known modern day persons of interest, who researchers suggest could have been the elusive killer. I cannot draw a case to suggest any of them had any involvement in any of the murders.

Carl Feigenbaum

Carl Feigenbaum

Further investigative work would reveal a ripper like murder in New York in 1894 where the killer was apprehended trying to flee the scene and was found to have been carrying a long bladed knife. The killer was a 54 year old German immigrant Carl Feigenbaum aka Carl Zahn/Anton Zahn.

Enquiries revealed that he had worked for many years as a merchant seaman employed by The Nordeutscher Line and in more recent years had been working on vessels travelling back and forth between Germany and the USA.

Following his execution in 1896 his lawyer disclosed further evidence to suggest that Feigenbaum could have been the elusive Jack the Ripper and that now gives rise to the suggestion that Feigenbaum could have been the world`s first transatlantic serial killer.

The results of my investigation were featured in two feature length documentaries filmed by National Geographic titled “Finding Jack the Ripper and “Jack the Ripper-The German Suspect”.