Has the greatest serial-killing mystery of all time finally been solved? Journalist Michael Thornton believes it may hav…
True Detective May 2007
Has the greatest serial-killing mystery of all time finally been solved? Journalist Michael Thornton believes it may have been. In this issue he explains “Why I Believe My Grandfather Was Jack The Ripper,” and presents an interesting body of evidence.
Some will be swayed by his theory; others will be more sceptical. You can form your own opinion by reading his article. For our part, convincing as it sounds, we don’t think Mr. Thornton’s explanation will do anything to stem the tide of Ripper books, TV programmes and theories. The autumn of terror, it seems certain, will continue to exert its grim fascination…
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Last issue saw the beginning of the new series Notable British Trials. Like the venerable books of the same name, this series aims to look in depth at the justice system at work. This month, defence counsel had but one task: to prove his client “as mad as a March hare,” as he put it. To help achieve this every piece of evidence available was introduced, even a tobacco tin that held four clumps of pubic hair. Did he succeed?
We round off the issue with a remarkable case: that of the first man in America to be convicted of murder and executed on the evidence of his own palmprint. It’s a fascinating insight into police procedure in the 1920s.
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