Extensively researched, Richard Patterson's book Jack The Ripper: The Works of Francis Thompson takes you through the life of Francis Thompson but it is far from a dry account of his life. It is a fascinating insight into the early beginnings of this famous poet who by now you are starting to look at in a different light. His experiences, decisions and actions as he was developing into the poet we know him to be take on a different significance when looked at from the perspective of this man becoming the most feared serial killer in London. Patterson, through extensive research spanning the last 20 years can not only place Francis Thompson at the scene of the murders but he can prove he had the ability and the motive to carry them out. A fascinating insight into Francis Thompson himself, his vagrant years and drug addiction is covered in detail and the parallels that can be drawn between Thompson and the Ripper are striking.With a concluding chapter which brings all the strands of Francis Thompson’s life, his works, and his skills together in line with the activities of Jack the Ripper, this book is an impressive piece of work which delivers on its promises and opens the narrative for Francis Thompson being Jack the Ripper with an undeniable impact.
Also included is the full article “Was Francis Thompson Jack the Ripper?” published by Dr Joseph C. Rupp in 1988 and Thompson’s Finis Coronat Opus: The Final Crowning work giving an insightful look at his thoughts and state of mind in 1889, one year after the Ripper murders took place. If you have an interest in the legend that is the Ripper and the theories which surround him and his horrific crimes, this book does indeed deliver a compelling argument for Francis Thompson as the killer that just may well have solved the Jack the Ripper murders.