Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 74 )
‘What makes you so certain, Doctor?’ asked Sergeant Godley. ‘Our man wouldn’t try to conceal his identity, he likes to tease the Police, but he would never resort to something as crass and childish as this!’ I stated with surety.
‘So, you believe its just some sad attention seeker trying to cash in on the notoriety?’ said Abberline. ‘I could be mistaken, but I just don’t see our man stooping to something as pathetic as this, what would he gain from it?’ was my considered reply. ‘I have to admit!’ said Abberline, ‘That my thoughts were much the same as yours, why go out of your way to attract attention, when it is the last thing that you want.’
‘Exactly my thoughts, he already has more attention than his behaviour deserves, why in heavens name would he want more. I believe it is just some meddler who is trying to embarrass the Police and Civil Authorities, what he hopes to gain by it, I have no idea?’ was my carefully considered answer.
‘One more question?’ I’m afraid,’ said Abberline, ‘Will our man kill again?’ ‘ I would say most definitely, and soon, the fool behind this letter, has almost issued him with a challenge, I dread to think what his reaction will be, only that he will do something worse and more spectacular than before, my mind shudders to think what that might be?’ I said and meant every word, after all, who knew better than I.
(C) Damian Grange 2018