THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER

THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER

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THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER
by Robert Smith

THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER by the diary's custodian and owner, Robert Smith, is a revised edition of '25 Years of The Diary of Jack the Ripper', first published in 2017 in a limited hardback edition of 500 copies. Corrections have been made and new information added where applicable, including some major revelations about the diary’s provenance.

The author's purpose is to offer a record and an assessment of what has been discovered about the physical artefact and its contents, since it first emerged on 9th March 1992. As in the first edition, the book features a full-size colour facsimile of the diary. With it to hand, you can observe far more clearly the original words, grammatical errors, handwriting, variations of ink flow, blots, blemishes, and the true colour of the ink, about which much misinformation has been disseminated.

So much more is known about the diary now than when Robert Smith's company, Smith Gryphon Ltd, published 'The Diary of Jack the Ripper' by Shirley Harrison on 4th October 1993. Many have claimed it to be a modern forgery, but if it is a hoax, why hasn’t the proof of who forged it, and how and when it was fabricated, surfaced over the course of more than a quarter of a century?

The diary is either an original document written circa 1888/89, or it is a modern fake. There is no other feasible option. This book aims to demonstrate that the diary is a genuine Victorian document by using the best knowledge so far available, to establish the writer’s identity and the diary’s history, dating back, probably, 130 years. The author's hope is that readers of this book will then be well enough informed to decide whether the diary’s purported author really was James Maybrick, and if so, was he Jack the Ripper?

Featuring chapters on the diary's provenence, the physical and scientific evidence, how the complex relationship between Michael and Anne Barrett impacted on and nearly wrecked the search for the diary's true provenance, and controversial topics such as "tin match box empty", THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE DIARY OF JACK THE RIPPER includes an annotated transcript, with extensive notes.

Paperback.