Francis ThompsonPoet Francis Thompson is Jack the Ripper. Thompson was born in December 1859 and died in November 1907. Richard Patterson has spent 20 years investigating Jack The Ripper. Richard, an Australian teacher, has come to the conclusion Francis Thompson is Jack the Ripper.
Thompson's work wasn't published until five years after the 1888 murders took place. Patterson is convinced the poet took to murder after a relationship with a prostitute ended. Thompson had surgery experience and was said to keep a dissecting knife in his possession. Thompson was also believed to have been taught a rare surgical procedure that appears to mimic the mutilations found in more than one victim. Patterson said "Soon before and soon after the murders, he wrote about killing female prostitutes with knives."
After college Thompson moved to London and is alleged to have become addicted to Opium. His first book Poems was published in 1893.
Thompson is said to have resided in Spitalfields at the time of the Whitechapel murders. Thompson lived at No. 50 Crispin Street, in the Providence Row night refuge. It has been claimed victim Mary Jane Kelly and Thompson stayed at the same address.
Patterson's research will be published in his book, "Francis Thompson - A Ripper Suspect".