Author pens Ripper book
A MAN who has spent almost half a century studying Jack the Ripper has written a book about the infamous serial killer.
David Andersen from Upton Priory has published ‘Blood Harvest – My Hunt for Jack The Ripper’ on Kindle.
The 71-year-old grandfather has devoted much of his life to researching the series of murders which took place in the East End of London during the autumn of 1888.
He has visited and photographed many of the sites where the murders took place and has contributed a wealth of material to crime authors including Tom Cullen, Daniel Farson and Colin Evans.
David grew up in London and moved to Macclesfield 35 years ago.
He said: “As a child growing up in London I had heard of Jack the Ripper but it was not until the mid-60s that I read my first full-length account of his exploits.
“My interest was aroused. I was hooked. I wanted to know more. Before too long I had read everything on the subject that I could lay my hands on.
“I was struck by the many diverse opinions regarding almost every aspect of the Jack the Ripper mystery. He was this person. He was that person. It was more than one person. It was a woman. It was a man. It was both. He killed 15 women, he killed seven women, he killed five.
“Faced with these contradictions I resolved to undertake my own investigation to try to settle the matter, at least to my own satisfaction.”
David’s book examines the major theories as to who Jack the Ripper could have been.
He said: “Unfortunately it is so often the case that it is the most outrageous theories which stick in the collective public perceptions of Jack the Ripper.
“I have attempted, where possible, to correct at least some of these misconceptions. Think of it like clearing away the cobwebs and frauds.
“The whole, however, shall always be greater than the sum of its parts. I do not seek to claim the final word – but only to add, perhaps just a little, to those parts.”
Published earlier this year on Kindle his first book on his specialist subject has been met with warm reviews from the community interested in Jack the Ripper.
Last August David, a former presenter on Canalside Radio, was invited to address the annual Jack the Ripper conference. He was part of a six-strong panel of experts who addressed the gathering, which attracts delegates worldwide.
David is also updating Blood Harvest for a potential print copy.
Blood Harvest isn’t his first book. He wrote about the 1968 murder of Macclesfield pensioner Adeline Bracegirdle which resulted in the wrongful conviction of Geoffrey Mycock who was freed on appeal, but the book was never published.
For details and reviews of Blood Harvest visit www.amazon.co.uk.
●● James Anderson, club president, with new member Andrew Smith
●● David Anderson speaking at last year’s Jack the Ripper conference