Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession
by David Monaghan & Nigel Cawthorne


Jack The Ripper's Secret Confession identifies JTR as Walter, author of the privately printed sex memoir, My Secret Life. Geographic profile, links to crime scene evidence, motive, means, claimed connection to victims and, primarily, a unique and extreme violent fetish pattern point to Walter as Jack the Ripper.
  • Prostitute user. Walter uses “low whores” in East London during bouts of poverty. He hates himself for doing so.
  • Sadist. Walter is a violent sexual sadist.
  • Blood Fetish. Walter is a blood fetishist. He describes causing bloodshed of 20 women and girls during sexual acts.
  • Knife Wielder. Walter uses knives for sexual purposes, carrying blades to make peep holes.
  • Slit Throats. Walter sexualised slit throats. In 1888 he likened female genitals to “the slit throat of a dog”.
  • Boy Rapist. Walter commits his first rape, of a servant, at 16.
  • Serial Attacker. Walter became a serial rapist of country girls in his early twenties. At age 21, Walter rapes an unconscious women later found “half murdered” in East London.
  • Threatens Prostitutes. Walter threatens prostitutes with weapons. He wields a poker to “smash” a dress lodger and her madam during a row.
  • Razor Rapist. Walter is fascinated by blade-wielding rape. On hearing of a rapist who subdued his victim by holding a razor to her throat, he acts out the scenario on a sex partner. When he learns another paramour had been threatened with murder by sword during a gang rape, he obsessively seeks out details of the attack.
  • Killer Urges.
  • Walter has homicidal urges. He rapes his wife while imagining “murdering her” following rough street sex.
  • Walter “determined to murder” the child Pol during her rape, and tells her he will kill her.
  • After paying for buggery, Walter wants to kick the man he had sex with and swears to kill anyone who learns about it.
  • Whitechapel Stalker. Walter knows Whitechapel, having based himself at the Gunmaker’s Proofhouse in Commercial Road Aldgate for stalking women and voyeurism. This is within a four-minute escape radius of all Whitechapel murder sites.
  • Surgeon's Assistant. The Ripper was said to have medical knowledge. Walter buys medical books and pretends to be a doctor. He studies female sex organs, sketching internal genitalia with a surgeon who had “dissected virgins”. He acts as a surgery assistant in live examination of two women.
  • Street Sex Fetish. Walter developed a fetish for having prostitutes directly after they had been serviced during street sex. His practice is to shadow women to places of assignation unseen.
  • Bloodsports Arousal. Walter associated pursuing street prostitutes with bloodsports, wearing a hunting outfit to trawl for sex in Dundee. He describes being sexual aroused while out killing game.
  • Master of Disguise. Walter disguised his identity while pursuing prostitutes in Tower Hill, dressing as a sailor and in a working man’s cap. Men wearing similar clothes were seen on the night of the murder of Stride and Eddowes.
  • Tabram Pursuit. Martha Tabram is killed in a George’s Yard stairwell. Walter describes stalking a short, “hook-nosed” older prostitute, whom he previously threatened “to smash”, to a secluded spot in order to frighten her.
  • Polly's Bonnet. Mary Ann Nichols was found with an unexplained bonnet. Walter details his tactics of giving bonnets as sexual inducements.
  • Handkerchief Gift. Mary Ann Nichols had a clean white handkerchief, and Liz Stride had two handkerchiefs. Walter would offer handkerchiefs as payment to destitute prostitutes.
  • Liz's Scarf. The Ripper used a scarf worn by Liz Stride to align the cutting of her throat. Walter used scarves as sexual presents, positioning them on a woman’s neck as a lever for sexual groping.
  • Annie's Pills. Annie Chapman carried pills at her death apparently provided by an unknown doctor. Walter pretended to be a doctor, and had a prostitute use pills to subdue the virgin Emma, whom he wished to rape.
  • Mary Secret Client. Ripper victim Mary Jane Kelly and Walter’s prostitute lover Mary Davis share the same name. Mary Davies (or Davis) was Mary Jane Kelly’s married name, under which she was buried. Both Marys were Irish. Both lived in single, ground floor rooms where they serviced clients, entered by long corridors. Both rooms were in the East End. Both Marys paid rent to a married couple who lived in the same building. Both were behind in their rent, one 25 shillings, the other 29 shillings. Both were thought attractive enough to be able to have worked in the West End. Mary Davis refused to provide a child for sex to Walter. Walter then said he heard that she had “died”.
  • Mary's Key. Some reports said that when Mary Jane Kelly was found murdered the door appeared to be locked and the key missing. Walter describes stealing keys to keep raped victims locked in.
  • Thames Torso Scar. Walter links himself to a murdered woman’s corpse found on the Thames in 1889, postulating she is Sarah Mavis, a prostitute who spurned him after extracting a large loan. He describes her identifying features as a star-shaped mark underneath her breast. The corpse found on the Thames had two ribs below the breast cut away, obliterating where Walter’s identifying mark would have been.
  • Psychiatric Identification. Walter indulged in “defloration mania”, the virgin-breaking sex craze of the 19th century. In 1886, psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing linked defloration mania to a specific type of female mutilation murder that involve stabbing at the lower abdomen and removing body parts: the marks of the Ripper.
  • Blackmail Fear. Walter feared being blackmailed by those who knew of his sex life. He had been subject to anonymous letters to his wife. He said he would kill a woman if his long term relationship was threatened.
  • Memory lapses. Walter suffered from “brain whirls” - memory lapses - during rage and extreme sex. This is a symptom of a homicidal form of epilepsy, noted at the time as a possible driver for the Ripper’s murders.
  • Hanbury Street Assassins. Women out to expose the child sex trade in Whitechapel were targets for murder. A letter by Josephine Butler in 1885 says Rebecca Jarrett, a Hanbury Street prostitute who had revealed the child sex trade, was pursued by “four brutal brothel keepers” out to kill her. This specific motive for the murder of Whitechapel prostitutes, recorded shortly before the Ripper killings, has been ignored. The Attorney General orders Rebecca Jarrett herself prosecuted for buying a child as part of a newspaper expose on the child sex trade.
  • Sexual Aberration. My Secret Life is dated 1888, the year of the Ripper killings. He describes it as a contribution to psychology for a sexual aberration he cannot understand. Walter describes 80 pages of diary entries that were "consigned to the flames” as worse than the accounts of rape, child abuse and sex crimes that were included.