Jack the Ripper and the east end

East London Advertiser: Did Scotland Yard know who Jack the Ripper was in the Whitechapel Murders?

Mike Brooke: Scotland Yard found out who he was after he committed suicide drowning in the Thames and closed the file on the Whitechapel Murders, according to academics.

The mystery of Jack the Ripper’s identity was solved by the Metropolitan Police immediately after his rampage of killings in the East End in 1888, latest research claims.

Scotland Yard found out who he was after he committed suicide drowning in the Thames and closed the file on the Whitechapel Murders, according to academics.

But the ongoing secrecy theory “to protect his respectable family” fuelled theories down the years naming various suspects like deranged lunatics, craftsmen, surgeons, masons, royalty and even the editor of the East London Advertiser at the time.

Most theories have been dismissed while the Ripper “industry” went global in the 129 years since, even though police could have drawn a line, according to authors Christine Ward-Agius and Jonathan Hainsworth.

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