Gyles Brandreth writes:
Having read Macnaghten’s report and the unpublished papers of George R Sims, who was a friend of both Macnaghten and Wilde and, as a journalist, covered the story from the start, my conclusion is that at least 10 of the 11 Whitechapel murders, plus others committed in London between the summer of 1888 and the spring of 1894, were the work of two of the other prime suspects who feature in Melville Macnaghten’s report.
Both these men were Eastern European emigrants eventually incarcerated in London lunatic asylums. In my new book I name them and explain their strange history and curious relationship. But they were not lone wolves. The murders they perpetrated were part of a deliberate campaign that involved a range of atrocities designed to create terror and undermine the British state in general and the Royal Family in particular.
The 1880s and 1890s were febrile times, when anarchists and revolutionaries were busy making murderous mischief in several European capitals. In London one of the places where they gathered was the Club Autonomie in Soho, whose members included the French anarchist Martial Bourdin, who died in February 1894 when the explosives he was carrying detonated prematurely outside the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, and another anarchist (and psychopath), a Russian who, I believe, is the evil genius who masterminded the Ripper killings and many others.
Jack the Ripper was not one man but two