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One-Armed Jack

Uncovering the Real Jack the Ripper

Sarah Bax Horton



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15 November 2023
This highly revelatory book, based on original research and completely new analysis, presents a compelling new suspect as the most notorious serial killer of all time. Using a different analytical approach, for the first time, Sarah Bax Horton identifies a named perpetrator as Jack the Ripper by linking eye-witness accounts of the killer’s distinctive physical characteristics to his official medical records. It argues that his broken left arm, which left him unable to work in early 1888, was one of his triggers to kill as part of a serious physical and mental decline caused by severe epilepsy.

This new perpetrator fits the profile as stated by the police of the day: a local man of low class of whom they became aware after the final murder, when they launched an unsuccessful surveillance operation against him. As has never been done before, the author – an experienced former government researcher with specific expertise in research and analysis – formulates a complete analysis of the killer and his methodology, including how he accosted his victims, where he took them to their deaths, his unique modus operandi of a blitz-style attack, and how he escaped from each crime scene without detection.

Each of the six murders – from Martha Tabram to Marie Kelly – is discussed and reconstructed as perpetrated by this man, with his escalating violence clearly demonstrated.

Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   520g
ISBN:   9781789295368
ISBN 10:   178929536X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Bax Horton is an experienced former civil servant for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. She has an MA Honours degree in English and Foreign Languages (German) from Somerville College, Oxford. Her interest in genealogy and a family member related to the Jack the Ripper case inspired her to research the lives of personalities involved and to establish the previously unknown connection between the perpetrator and an eyewitness in the Catherine Eddowes case.

Reviews for One-Armed Jack: Uncovering the Real Jack the Ripper

We have waited three decades for a book-length examination Hyam Hyams and thankfully Sarah Bax Horton has given us one - and what an excellent job she has done. This is a well-researched, well-written, and long-needed book-length examination of a likely suspect. If you have an idea of the sort of man Jack the Ripper might have been, Hyam Hyams could be it. * Paul Begg *

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