Jack the Ripper, still going strong 2008

I wonder what it is about Jack the Ripper that inspires people to try to copy him? Peter Sutcliffe is doing time in a high security mental hospital for his claim to fame and it looks like another wannabe Ripper is to join him. There’s an original series Star Trek episode called ‘Wolf in the Fold’ where they discover that an entity called ‘Redjac’ is really Jack the Ripper (it possesses people), I wonder if that is going on here, after all Jack the Ripper does seem to have inspired a lot of copycat killers.

Convicted rapist, Derek Brown (from Lancashire, Sutcliffe was a Yorkshire man – not exactly great publicity for us Northerner’s is it?) was found guilty of murdering and dismembering Xiao Mei Guo and Bonnie Barrett who he picked up in the Whitechapel area of London. Neither body was found but blood from both victims was found in the kitchen, corridor and bathroom of his flat in South East London, it’s unlikely that the bodies will ever be recovered. Brown assmebled a murder kit and even borrowed a book about serial killers (‘Killers: The Most Barbaric Murders of Our Time‘ – either sales of this book will go up or it will mysteriously vanish from the shelves). He’ll serve a minimum sentence of 30yrs, and will probably become one of the few prisoners to whom life really does mean life.

Serial killers do fascinate me, particualrly the ones with a big question mark over ‘who?’ – there are times when I get worried that if police (for some reason) search my flat I’m going to get into trouble for the many books I own on this topic. I’d like to therefore state, I have no intention of killing anyone I’m far too much of a wuss when it comes to things like that and I’m the least organised person on the planet.


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