Jack the Ripper: Talk Cancelled
The mystery of Jack the Ripper has never been officially solved, but did the police investigating the crimes know the identity of the killer? In their retirement, several officers claimed to know the truth: the murderer was an American named Francis Tumblety; he was poisoner George Chapman, or a barrister found drowned in the Thames on the last day of 1888. By contrast, Det. Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, the detective who had led the investigation from Scotland Yard and read every report, statement and scrap of evidence, remained tight-lipped. But in 1981, 57 years after his death, his grandson discovered handwritten annotations in a book which seemed to finally reveal the secret of what happened Jack the Ripper. Join author Adam Wood as he looks at the discovery of the so-called Swanson marginalia and examines the case against the man many believe to be Scotland Yard's prime suspect.