The Ripper murders were some of the most gruesome and baffling crimes ever committed, resulting in a desperate manhunt that was never to be solved. A plethora of books have sought to solve the identity of the Ripper, but John F Plimmer, using his 31 years of experience with the West Midlands Police, takes a unique look at the methodology and resources of 1888 and compares them with modern day police techniques. Taking the reader on a chilling tour of Victorian London, Plimmer investigates the world of the Ripper and asks whether, in today's world of DNA profiling and techlogy, one of the most elusive men in history would have been brought to justice.
John Plimmer served a total of 31 years in the West Midlands Police, during which time he was involved in a number of high profile cases, including the Mhatre Indian Diplomat assassination of 1984, the Stephanie Slater kidnap investigation and the Julie Dart murder inquiry. He was the senior investigating officer on more than 30 murder investigations, all of which resulted in successful detections. He obtained a law degree and a Master of Philosophy degree at the University of Central England and has had numerous articles published in national magazines. He is a crime novelist having written previous books including The Inside Track and Running With the Devil. He is also a columnist for the Sunday Mercury and has assisted in a number of television dramas and documentaries. He retired from the police service as a detective superintendent in 1997 and lives in Warwickshire.