Rediscovered: Stephen

Brian Leno brings out some of the myriad suspects in the Ripper annals:

The book that really got my interest going with The Ripper was Michael Harrison’s Clarence, which stated James Kenneth Stephen and the Duke of Clarence were lovers. After this situation hit the skids Stephen supposedly began his bloody habits.

If you like your Ripper with a little poetry then Stephen is your man. Cousin to Virginia Wolfe — his small book of poetry, Lapsus Calami, shown here.

My copy is one of the initialed ones, a true treasure to me.

Thrown from a horse and striking his head, JKS was never quite the same afterwards.

He died in an asylum, in 1892. Where else would The Ripper die?

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