Born in Melbourne in 1970, Richard Patterson independently determined that Thompson may be the Ripper in 1997. Patterson's continued research has made him a guest speaker at the 2005, UK Jack the Ripper Conference, held in Brighton. Has has been invited to speak again on his book and his latest findings at the 2016 Conference to be held in London. He has had articles published on the theory in newspapers, magazines and journals. He authored the Francis Thompson page on the Ripper Casebook, the world's most visited Ripper website. His research into this suspect has made news headlines around the world. Media interest includes, The UK Express, The Lancashire Evening Post, The UK Daily Mail, The UK Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor Magazine, The New York Daily News, The UK Sun, The UK Daily Star, The Examiner.com, The UK North West Tonight News & Sydney’s 2UE Radio Station, The Echo, and The Northern Star.Patterson's research relies on press reports, police documents, letters, biographies, uncut-volumes, and the first hand examination of historical and artifacts relating to the case. These include the Ripper’s infamous ‘Dear Boss’ letter of which Patterson personally handled, at London’s Kew Archives. He also visited the Burns Library at Boston College in the US, where Patterson read Thompson’s notebooks of 1888, and many other original documents including Thompson's private letters.
This book solves the Jack the Ripper murders. Within is the culmination of twenty years research around the globe. It presents new evidence that, on the night that the Ripper killed his victim, Thompson could look down, from his room; to the passage that led to hers. Inside is proof that Thompson may have been a friend of a victim, that he kept a dissecting scalpel, and that he was taught the rare surgical procedure found on the victims. Here is new evidence for Thompson’s guilt, including what he told about wanting to kill prostitutes, and his ill-fated relationship with one. His drug habit, madness, urges to mutilate, and confrontations with the police are all exposed and every clue left by the Ripper as well. Prepare to know the incredible story behind Thompson’s homelessness, and his rescue by an editor fascinated in the murders. All will be revealed; Thompson’s mysterious death, rise to fame, the secret alteration and destruction of his papers and the horrifying motive behind one of the greatest crimes in history.