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Late night danger lurks for the fallen angels in London’s Whitechapel district. Jack the Ripper is stalking his victims and cutting them open with his oh, so sharp knife. Who is this monster? Chief Inspector Lionel Diggings knows the answer. Coping with his own personal demons he must track down this vile killer before Saucy Jack strikes again.
Del Garrett's WHISPERS IN THE WIND has it all: murder; historical setting; finely drawn characters. The book is a graphic and well researched novel about Jack the Ripper which will keep you turning pages right up to the very end, and leaves you wondering with the hero detective: "Could it be that pure evil protects pure evil? Could the dark forces in the world protect their own?"
-Jackie Griffey, author of RECIPE FOR TROUBLE
In 1888, Jack the Ripper terrified the citizens of Whitechapel, an impoverished district one mile east of London. This unknown fiend murdered and mutilated the bodies of at least five prostitutes. Although Scotland Yard spent countless hours in pursuit of the madman, they never caught him.
They did, however, produce five main suspects. Chief among these were Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew who had been sexually abused by his mother, thereby explaining his hatred for women, and Doctor Sir William Withey Gull, the Queen’s personal physician, whose elaborate knowledge of the events was highly suspect. Two others were briefly considered: John Pizer, a shoemaker nicknamed “Leather Apron,” and Montague J. Druit, a sexually driven man, given to rampages bordering on the violent side.
But highest on their list was the one person whose connection with the victims was clear and verifiable, Prince Albert Victor (Prince Eddy), the Queen’s grandson, and whose father was Edward VII, King of England. Prince Albert, a lanky sort of fellow with a long neck, dapper mustache, and large, round eyes, had on separate occasions argued with each of the women Jack the Ripper had allegedly killed. Although heir apparent to the throne, he was considered by many to be slow-witted. Nevertheless, he was considered attractive by the ladies and frequented the places where harlots could be found. He contracted syphilis at age sixteen and may have blamed the prostitutes for his physical ailment.
He remains the most likely candidate, even today. Some say—because of his gruesome actions in his alter ego, Saucy Jack—that he was poisoned by the royal family in 1892. The reason for that was to allow his younger brother, Prince George, to take not only Prince Albert’s place on the throne, but also his brother’s place in the wedding bed with Mary of Teck. She was a rare beauty with a long, slender neck, golden brown hair, blue eyes, and a person totally devoted to the monarchy. By marrying Prince George, she claimed her position in history as Queen Mary.
All during the Ripper investigations, Scotland Yard’s position was simple—only one of these suspects could be the murderer. Scotland Yard was, of course, dead wrong.
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This is a work of fiction based upon the real events surrounding the case of Jack the Ripper. For those interested in the facts, I have added a small bibliography at the end of the book. This was necessary because I could not write this book without borrowing liberally from actual inquest reports and newspaper stories; therefore, I wanted to give credit where credit is due. As to Whispers in the Wind, I strongly urge the reader to look past the historical accuracy or inaccuracy of the crimes as depicted in this book and concentrate instead on the story of one man’s obsession to bring to justice the real perpetrator of these crimes. Detective Chief Inspector Lionel Diggins finds his handling of the case is not at all popular amongst his supervisors or the Home Office. But is he right or wrong? It is your job as reader to determine which. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself caught between a truth stranger than fiction and the falsehood of facts reported by the police and held sacred to this day.
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 309
Paper Weight (lb): 12.8
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