Jack the Ripper—Not Prince Albert Victor?

18/05/2011 at 8:47 pm (Books, Current Affairs, Great Britain, History, Royalty) (, , , , , , )


The story of ‘Jack’ the Ripper is one of the most simultaneously gripping and chilling of all time. A serial killer who was never caught, this individual brutally murdered a number of prostitutes in Whitechapel, London during 1888. Ever since then, rumours, suppositions and theories have claimed that the mysterious Ripper was a surgeon, a woman, even a member of the Royal Family—that member namely being Prince Albert Victor, the tragic grandson of Queen Victoria. In The Ruthless Court, the Prince fakes his own death and flees to Russia in order to win the heart of his beloved Alix of Hesse, known by that time as Alexandra Feodorovna—the last Tsarina. Our ripping yarn of course addresses the Ripper theories about the Prince, but not in the way you might expect.

So imagine how our interest  was piqued by the news that Ripperologist Trevor Marriott believes he now knows who ‘Jack’ was— it’s not Albert, but merchant seaman Carl Feigenbaum. Marriott has already written two books on the Ripper—Jack the Ripper: The 21st Century Investigation and The Evil Within—and now wants to develop and write about his latest theory. Hence his attempts to have Scotland Yard Special Branch (now known as Counter Terrorism) release hitherto top-secret documents on the original investigation into the murders. The Yard is so far refusing to make public the ledgers, as the files contain the names of informants and supergrasses—which is of course confidential information and understandably so but, as Marriott points out, five generations have passed since the killings and everyone involved in the investigation is long gone.

However, if the Ripper actually was Prince Albert Victor, that would of course explain the authorities’ reluctance to reveal what they’ve known all this time…

Marriott took his request for access to the ledgers to a tribunal, the outcome of which is expected in three weeks’ time. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or subscribe to this blog to keep updated on this fascinating story.

Who do you believe Jack the Ripper was? Let us know in the comments below!

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Welcome to The Ruthless Court on Facebook!

01/04/2011 at 3:24 pm (The Ruthless Court) (, , )


The Ruthless Court has taken over WordPress and Twitter and now it’s taking Facebook by storm! We’ve launched a page especially dedicated to everything and anything about The Ruthless Court—the debut novel by father-and-daughter team Autumn and Bonny St. John.

The book is an escapist thriller dramatically jumping between the late 19th century, early 20th century and the present day. This exciting yarn outrageously turns key bits of British and Russian history into a fascinating, entertaining  tale, including the trickery and heart-stopping work of spies…past and present.

Our Facebook page will be a space for us to post pictures, links and videos about The Ruthless Court itself, the art of writing and anything else to do with the world of The Ruthless Court—including royalty, tennis, Russia and espionage, to name but a few subjects that feature in our tale.

The added beauty of Facebook pages is that not only can you become a ‘fan’ by ‘liking’ the page but you can also post your own links, photos and videos related to it. More than a novel, The Ruthless Court is a virtual lifestyle which you can share as you want, when you want with a community like no other—but will you get off the court alive??

There’s only one way to find out—enter The Ruthless Court on Facebook here and make yourself known to the court!

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