Rediscovered: Mansfield

And Brian Leno wraps up today’s gallery of Ripperish autos, but you know, I bet he has lots more against the next time he notices an anniversary coming up:

Richard Mansfield was a well respected actor during the time of The Ripper, and one of his greatest roles was portraying both Jekyll and Hyde in a play based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book.

He had the unfortunate timing to put on the play during the height of The Ripper murders.

The card shown with his autograph blurrily displays Mansfield turning into Hyde. So uncanny was this transformation that some theatre goers wrote to the London police, convinced that Mansfield was the killer then stalking the streets. 

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