More than 100 years after the last of these brutal acts of violence the mysteries that surrounded the events remain. The number of murders committed by the killer is still unconfirmed and, most poignantly, the identity of the killer is as yet undiscovered. In "Jack the Ripper: The Casebook" the reader is taken on a tour of the underworld of Victorian London, traveling into the backstreets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields where the murders took place. One by one the murder victims are revealed, their similarities discussed and the scenes and circumstances of their murders investigated. The methods of the killer are explored, along with a summary of the evidence, and accounts by witnesses who caught a glimpse of this notorious and immensely elusive figure. A thorough analysis of the likely suspects for the identity of "Jack the Ripper" is undergone, including some figures that have only recently been implicated in the murders.
Richard Jones has written books on subjects such as haunted Britain, the Jack the Ripper murders, Dickensian London, the myths and legends of Britain and Ireland and magic. He is a fully qualified London Blue Badge Tourist Guide, is Member of the prestigious Magic Circle, and was the originator of the acclaimed Jack the Ripper Tour, the London Ghost Walk and Charles Dickens London tours.
He regularly appears on television throughout the world and, from 2003 to 2005, he was the historian on Living TV's hugely popular cult show Most Haunted Live, in which capacity he carried out detailed investigations into subjects as diverse as Dick Turpin, William Shakespeare, The Pendle Witches, Matthew Hopkins, the so-called Witchfinder General and Jack the Ripper. He recently appeared on Channel Five's Jack the Ripper:-The Definitive Story and was the writer and presenter of the acclaimed drama/documentary Unmasking Jack the Ripper.
Richard organises a nightly Jack the Ripper Tour around the East End streets where the infamous murders occurred, and he regularly conducts his London Ghost Walks that explore the darker side of England's Capital. In addition he has recently launched a series of Dickens Walks that explore locations that featured in the life and works of England's greatest novelist.
Richard has explored every corner of Britain and Ireland to visit haunted locations and, although he has never actually seen a ghost, he is almost certain he heard one - or, to be precise, several. His "date with the dead" was at the wonderfully creepy Moore Hall in Ireland, which he visited on a bright August morning whilst he was writing his book Haunted Houses of Britain and Ireland. Whilst exploring its hollow interior he heard childish laughter in several of the rooms but, when he went to investigate, there was nobody there.