Today the sixth edition of the history and politics journal, garrison, contains a feature on 17 Jack the Ripper suspects. I contributed a piece on James Kelly and am looking forward to reading what the other writers have to say on their chosen suspect, not least because any new arguments will need to be incorporated into future editions of my suspect encyclopedia. For the majority of suspects research is usually published in shorter articles, because there is not enough information about them to justify a full-length book.
Despite an excellent study of James Kelly by James Tully, published in 1997, we cannot positively document his movements between 23 January 1888, when he escaped from Broadmoor, and 12 February 1927 when he returned. Like the rest of the suspects the evidence will never be more than circumstantial.
My next article about a Jack the Ripper suspect features Andrew John Gibson, alias Charles Chadwick. It is the most comprehensive study of his extraordinary life and could be written without any reference to the Whitechapel murders. This is available for pre-order and you can download garrison now.
Paul Williams is a writer of fiction and non-fiction best known for his Jack the Ripper Suspects: The Definitive Guide and Encyclopedia.