A sensational new book has caused a storm among historians by claiming that Jack the Ripper was, in fact, a woman

Former solicitor John Morris, 62, has named Welsh-born Lizzie Williams as the Whitechapel monster – and claims she killed her victims because she could not have children, ripping out the wombs of three in an ‘unhinged state’.

Lizzie was the wife of royal physician Sir John Williams, himself seen as a prime suspect by many other crime experts.

Mr Morris, from Birmingham, also cites evidence – which has not proved popular among Ripper experts – including the fact that none of the five murdered prostitutes was sexually assaulted; and the personal items of one, Annie Chapman, were laid out at her feet ‘in a feminine manner’.

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