There have been many theories regarding the true identity of the infamous serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper," but the relative of a renowned surgeon who has come forth claiming that his ancestor was the serial killer of Whitechapel claims to have found the very tool of Jack's trade: his knife.
Jack the Ripper's knife is also the star of "Bloody Olde Knife," one of the twelve short stories in my anthology, "No Place For Mercy," which is available on Amazon.com
In "Bloody Olde Knife," a petty thief digs up the knife in an unexpected place: the old Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit that is home to some of the Motor City's most famous figures. Alongside Civil War veterans lies the earthly remains of Solomon Sibley, Detroit's first mayor, and Coleman Young, perhaps its most controversial.
At first considering the knife only for its value in a blackmail scheme, this small-time criminal slowly learns that the knife is taking control of him. Jack the Ripper's knife is more than just an inanimate object, it is the repository of an elemental force that lusts for blood.
Some investigators have theorized that Jack the Ripper was an American who was visiting London at the time of the murders, but though convincing arguments have been put forth, there is still no "smoking gun" or rather, "bloody olde knife" that has been proven to be the implement of Jack's dirty work.
One of the more recent suspects to enter the picture is Welsh surgeon Sir John Williams, whose great-great-great-great nephew has published a book which features the startling image of the knife, to expose his relative's guilt. The knife allegedly used by Jack the Ripper is displayed in this post on The Telegraph's website. The Telegraph is a UK news site.
It's doubtful we'll ever know for certain the true identity of Jack the Ripper, but the story of this murderer has fascinated generations of investigators and researchers, and continues to haunt us to this day.
As mentioned in this press release published on a CBS news affiliate, "No Place For Mercy" is a short story anthology of character-driven tales of murder, revenge, and irony which makes a great gift for Halloween