Is this Jack the Ripper's Knife?

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Uncle Jack, at left, and his knife. Image: Telegraph

A man who claims to be a distant relative to the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper has unearthed a six-inch knife he believes belonged to “Uncle Jack,” a surgeon to Queen Victoria who lived in London during the murders. Tony Williams, his great-great-great-great nephew recently published a book, “Uncle Jack – A Victorian Mystery,” which includes an image of the knife. Williams found the knife along with three glass sides that contain smears of a uterus.

He told the Telegraph:

”It is widely know that the person who carried out the killings would have had significant medical knowledge. ”Sir John Williams was an accomplished surgeon and routinely performed abortions on women. He held surgeries all over London at the time of the murders.” He added: ”Dr Thomas Bond, a pathologist who examined the body of Mary Kelly, said the ripper had used the same six inch knife in all the murders. ”He said it would have been at least six inches long, very sharp, pointed at the top and about an inch in width – a surgeon’s knife. ”This is the knife that fits the description that I’ve held in my hand back in the National Library of Wales.”

Williams is convinced of his uncle’s guilt: “When I began to look into this I found a terrible truth — that I was related to this serial killer.”

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