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    According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph, Sarah Bax Horton, the great-great-granddaughter of a police officer involved in the investigation of the “Jack the Ripper” murders in 19th century London, claims to have discovered the true identity of the infamous killer. Bax Horton has written a book based on her research, focusing on a local cigar-maker named Hyam Hyams, who she believes closely matches the descriptions provided by witnesses of a suspect seen with the victims.

    The “Jack the Ripper” murders, which occurred in the East End of London in 1888, have remained one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved cases. Over the years, numerous books, exhibitions, and tours have emerged, exploring the streets of the Whitechapel district where the women were killed.

    Bax Horton’s investigation led her to identify Hyams, a man who struggled with epilepsy, alcoholism, and spent time in and out of mental asylums, as the likely culprit. Witnesses from that time described a man in his mid-30s with a stiff arm, an irregular gait, and bent knees, all of which aligned with Hyams’ physical characteristics.

    Records obtained by Bax Horton revealed that Hyams, who was 35 years old in 1888, had an injury that left him unable to fully move his left arm, and he also dragged his foot while walking, unable to straighten his knees. Additionally, his height and build closely matched the descriptions provided by witnesses. Medical notes from hospitals and asylums further indicated that Hyams experienced regular seizures due to epilepsy.

    In September 1889, Hyams was permanently committed to a mental asylum and passed away in 1913. Bax Horton, drawing on her family connection and the evidence she uncovered, concluded that Hyams, whose history included an attack on his wife with a “chopper,” likely resorted to murder due to his physical and mental decline, exacerbated by his struggles with alcoholism.

    Bax Horton’s book, titled “One-Armed Jack: Uncovering the Real Jack the Ripper,” is set to be released next month, presenting her findings and providing a new perspective on the long-standing mystery surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper.

    Hyams’ name had been on a “long list” of potential suspects but she said he had “never before been fully explored as a Ripper suspect”.

    Ripper expert Paul Begg called Bax Horton’s findings a “well-researched, well-written, and long-needed book-length examination of a likely suspect”.

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