The Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 are the most compelling unsolved crimes of all time. Londoner Sarah Bax Horton investigates the killings in honour of her Whitechapel police ancestor Sergeant Harry Garrett, who worked on the case. Using criminal profiling, she discovers a little-known suspect, an East Ender whose distinctive physical attributes match the contemporary eye-witness descriptions.
In 1888, Hyam Hyams was a 36-year-old cigar maker living on Wentworth Street, with a history of physically abusing his wife. By August of that year, with an unhealed broken arm, his epilepsy and alcoholism worsening, his violence against women escalated onto the streets. A seemingly harmless character, he was trusted by the local sex workers who became his victims.
In a gripping analysis, the author reconstructs his murders and proves his guilt, finally naming the man who was Jack the Ripper.
Sarah Bax Horton is a true crime writer, researcher and analyst, who previously served in the Foreign Office. Born in South Wales in 1968, and educated at Monmouth, she graduated with a Master of Arts Honours degree in English and German from Somerville College, Oxford. A fascination with genealogy and the Whitechapel Murders led her to write this book. She lives in London with her husband.
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