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 Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide 
This text is from the E-book Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide by Christopher J. Morley (2005). Click here to return to the table of contents. The text is unedited, and any errors or omissions rest with the author. Our thanks go out to Christopher J. Morley for his permission to publish his E-book.

Father of G.W.B.

A 77 year old Australian, using only the initials G.W.B, wrote to Ripper author Daniel Farson and told him the story that one day in 1889, while playing in the London streets at 9pm, his mother called out to him, 'Come in Georgie, or Jack the Ripper will get you'. The boys father overhearing this patted the boy on the head telling him, 'Don't worry, you would be the last person Jack the Ripper would touch'. Years later after an argument, when the boy challenged his father to stop beating his mother, the boys father confessed to his son that he was in fact Jack the Ripper. During this confession the father explained that at the time he did not know what he was doing, but his ambition was to get drunk and kill every prostitute that accosted him. He also claimed that when he committed the murders he wore two pairs of trousers, the outer bloodstained pair he would dispose of in the pile of manure which he sold from his cart.

The father was born in 1850 which would make him 38 at the time of the murders. He married in 1876 and by all accounts was a violent drunkard, who would come home night after night and beat his wife and children. He had pined for a daughter, but when his only female child was born an imbecile, he took to drink and suffered severe mental problems, which resulted in him killing prostitutes. According to the son, the father told him to change his name because he was going to confess to the murders before he died. The son, who claimed his father died in 1912 constantly scanned the newspapers awaiting the revelation, which never came. Unfortunately, no researcher has found evidence to confirm if the father of G.W.B ever existed.

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  Daniel Farson
       Authors: Obituaries - Daniel Farson 
       Press Reports: Times - 11 July 1972 
       Press Reports: Times - 5 October 1972 
       Ripper Media: Jack the Ripper (Farson)