Author pens Rip­per book

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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

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