Jack the Ripper’s Secret Confession, the Hidden Testimony of Britain’s First Serial Killer
Under lock and key at the British Library are eleven volumes of the writings of a Victorian gentleman known only as Walter. An abridged version of his testimony, today considered a pornographic classic, was published some forty years ago as My Secret Life. After having access to the full, uncensored writings of Walter, David Monaghan claims to have finally discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Monaghan details the similarities between other serial killers including Fred West, who, like Walter, killed to cover the fact that he had sex with children. By a series of tenuous links the author claims to have identified Walter as Jack the Ripper. It is a rambling and convoluted journey, and the result is unconvincing. Since 1888 the identity of the perpetrator of the Whitechapel murders has been the source of intense speculation and, no doubt, will continue to be so.