Jack the Ripper may have been nothing more than a myth created by sensational journalism at the time of the murders.
That is one of the theories which will be put forward when a retired police officer who has made a 11-year study of the legendary murder mystery presents his show Jack the Ripper-A 21st Century Investigation at The Catrin Finch Centre in Wrexham on Friday, September 6.
The show, presented by leading Ripper expert Trevor Marriott, is touring the UK throughout 2013 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Whitechapel murders in London in 1888.
A reign of terror ensued when the killer who became known as the Ripper was blamed for a series of brutal and horrific murders which to this day remain unsolved.
Since 2002 Marriott (pictured right), a retired murder squad detective, has been conducting a cold case re-investigation of the murders.
For the past 125 years the mystery has captivated the imagination of people worldwide.
There have been over 100 books published and numerous films and television documentaries on the subject.
Marriott says many of these have over-dramatised and distorted the facts to the point where the public now accepts the fiction more readily than the facts.
He claims his own long and protracted investigation has uncovered some “startling results” which completely dispel many of the original theories which have been readily accepted as being fact for over a century.
It was generally accepted that the murderer only killed five prostitutes between August and November 1888.
However, Marriott claims to have uncovered other murders outside of those dates both in London, the USA and Germany.
This, he says, has led to a new suspect emerging who has never been mentioned before and who had been arrested for committing a Ripper-like murder in the USA.
Marriott says his ongoing investigation disproves the accepted theory that the killer, after slaying some of the victims, removed vital organs from their bodies at the crime scenes taking them away with him.
And he says further investigative work has uncovered secret Metropolitan Police Special Branch records, never before made public, in which four new suspects are named and the contents of which now eliminate a number of the “prime suspects” who have been continuously investigated over the ensuing years.
Marriott believes that not all the Whitechapel murders were committed by the same killer and that, in fact, Jack the Ripper may have been nothing more than a myth created by sensational journalism at the time of the murders.
Jack the Ripper- A 21st Century Investigation is a two-hour show hosted by Marriot himself in which he describes his lengthy investigation and discloses the results.
The one-man show is packed with pictures from 1888, including original crime scene images of the victims, suspects and other original photographs from 1888 relative to the murders.
The show’s advance publicity material warns: “It should be noted that some of these photographs are of a disturbing and graphic nature which some persons may find disturbing. However, adequate notice is given during the show to avoid anyone becoming upset or distressed.”
This show will coincide with the publication of three new books written by Trevor Marriott entitled Jack the Ripper-The Secret Police Files, The Evil Within - The World’s Worst Serial Killers and a Victorian crime mystery novel based on the Whitechapel Murders called Prey Time.
Marriott recently featured in a television documentary for the National Geographic Channel entitled Finding Jack the Ripper, which was shown worldwide.
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