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Dublin: 10°C Thursday 11 August 2022

The man who let the Taoiseach know exactly what he thought about Jack the Ripper being Irish

Talk about tarring us all with the same brush.

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AN ENGLISH MAN took great umbrage at the suggestion in 1984 that Jack the Ripper may have been Irish.

London native John Morrison was something of an amateur sleuth.

His theories regarding the Ripper, the notorious 19th century London serial murderer who was never apprehended, were sound enough apparently that Scotland Yard invited him in to explain who he thought the murderer was:

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In short, he thought it was an Irish man, a man who murdered his wife named John Kelly.

Having landed in a newspaper with his theory, Morrison decided to let the then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald know exactly what he thought of Irish people murdering poor, unsuspecting English folk:

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Come on now John, we’re not all bad.

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See National Archives file 2015/88/297

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