The great-great-granddaughter of a British policeman who investigated the murders of Jack the Ripper says he has discovered the identity of the famous 19th century criminal, who killed prostitutes in East London.
The identity of Jack the Ripper, who killed at least six women in the London borough of Whitechapel in 1888, is still one of the most important unsolved court cases in the United Kingdom.
In a book to be published next month, Sarah Bax Horton claims, based on medical records, that the killer, who inflicted horrific mutilations on his victims, he was a local cigar man named Hyam Hyamswho suffered from epilepsy and alcoholism, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Witnesses at the time had described the suspect as an individual in her 30s, with a stiff arm and knee problems.
Bax Horton found medical records showing that Hyams, who was 35 in 1888, had suffered a injury that prevented him from “flexing or straightening” his left arm.