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Jack the Ripper: “Light Hearted Friend”

Jack the Ripper: “Light Hearted Friend” by Richard Wallace.

Published 1996 by Gemini Press. Softback.

ISBN: 0962719560

Provides ‘proof’ that Dodgson was Jack the Ripper. Funniest thing I’ve read in years: it’s genuinely dreadful.

According to the theory, hidden passages such as, ‘She wriggled about so! But at last Dodgson and Bayne found a way to keep hold of the fat little whore’ can be made by rearrangement of letters in the Alice and the Sylvie and Bruno texts. I suspect that you can make what you like given enough letters to choose from, a theory rather supported by Francis Heaney and Guy Jacobson who came up with an anagram of part of the book- here’s the original text:

This is my story of Jack the Ripper, the man behind Britain’s worst unsolved murders. It is a story that points to the unlikeliest of suspects: a man who wrote children’s stories. That man is Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, author of such beloved books as Alice in Wonderland.

And the anagram:

The truth is this: I, Richard Wallace, stabbed and killed a muted Nicole Brown in cold blood, severing her throat with my trusty shiv’s strokes. I set up Orenthal James Simpson, who is utterly innocent of this murder. P.S. I also wrote Shakespeare’s sonnets, and a lot of Francis Bacon’s works too.

Wiki link here.

The reviews on amazon are worth reading too. They’re right it only merits one star as a serious work, but it’s just so ridiculous that you can’t take it seriously…

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