There has been much speculation on the identity of that notorious murderer of the late 19th century, Jack the Ripper. His ability to go about his homicidal activities in such a blatant fashion without detection has given him, in the eyes of many, the status of evil genius. Well, genius he may have been, for it cannot be denied that he always seemed to be one step ahead of the police, but he was not the only genius of his era, nor the greatest genius. During the period when Jack was going about his diabolical business, there was also a man with an even sharper mind going about his.
Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective the World has known. Nothing escaped the attention of Holmes; not the slightest or most seemingly insignificant piece of evidence was overlooked. Once Holmes was on the case, there could be only one outcome, and a solution was only a matter of time. How strange then that Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes never crossed paths. Is it possible that Holmes was disinterested in the biggest criminal mystery of the age? No, it is inconceivable that Holmes would be able to resist the challenge of solving a case of the century. And yet he did resist, unless, of course, he already knew the identity of this most elusive killer already.
What I am about to suggest next seems unthinkable, yet, after all other possibilities are eliminated, it is all there is left to think. Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper were one and the same person. That is the only logical conclusion that can be arrived at. I know that there will be those who ridicule my theory, on the grounds that Holmes was only a fictitious character, but I say it only strengthens the case for it. Who would ever suspect a fictitious character of murder, let alone be able to catch him? What brilliance; what genius; who, other than the great Sherlock Holmes, could pull off such a master stroke?
He has written a series of books about Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle solving crimes together, the one about Jack the Ripper is the only one I haven’t read, but your post reminded me about it and I have just ordered a copy. Thank you Mr H.