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Over a century ago terror stalked the streets of Whitechapel. Jack the Ripper's brutal campaign of murder panicked Victorian London at the time, but his legacy reaches out to the present day. If anything the story of Jack is now more confusing, obscure and mysterious than ever. With each passing generation, new theories and suspects spring up, adding a new page to a legend that has turned Jack from a historical figure into a mythical character who has become a star of folklore, literature and cinema. Within these pages Victor Stapleton embarks on a quest to uncover the real tale of Jack the Ripper, retracing his bloody tracks through the foggy alleys of London to finally reveal the true story of Jack the Ripper.
Victor Stapleton has studied Victorian criminology and the Whitechapel Murders for 30 years, first visiting the crime scenes during the centenary of the murders in 1988. As an English literature scholar he has a particular interest in how the Ripper story relates tragic true crimes through the lens of late Gothic fiction and sensation literature. Born and raised in Malaysia, Darren grew up drawing spaceships, dinosaurs and the stuff of his imagination, which was fuelled by movies and computer games. Inspired by these, he went on to study animation and later graduated as a Computer Animator from Sheridan College, Canada. After a brief stint in 3D animation, he decided to trade in polygons for a wacom tablet. Now he works as a digital concept artist at Imaginary Friends Studios and is enjoying getting paid for his hobby. Apart from his passion for art and all things Medieval he is also a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and enjoys delving into Church history. He now lives with his beautiful wife in sunny Singapore.