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Jack the Ripper autobiography discovered in Somerset a big hit in Far East

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

Alan Hicken found what some believe is Jack the Ripper’s autobiography among memorabilia he bought for his museum near Yeovil

Alan Hicken found what some believe is Jack the Ripper’s autobiography among memorabilia he bought for his museum near Yeovil

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A mysterious manuscript, found at a West museum and said to be Jack the Ripper’s autobiography, is gripping readers in Taiwan and will soon hit mainland China.

Alan Hicken, who found the manuscript among memorabilia that he bought for his Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum near Yeovil, Somerset, is celebrating news that it has been translated into traditional Chinese.

The typed manuscript was written in the 1920s by James Willoughby Carnac. Earlier this year Mr Hicken and Ripper expert Paul Begg published a book, The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper, which allowed the public to read the manuscript and make up their own minds.

The mystery of the serial killer who haunted London’s Whitechapel has a worldwide fascination. The Taiwanese publication will be followed by a version for mainland China.

Mr Hicken said: “It is really amazing that a manuscript discovered in the museum of this small Somerset village has kindled such intrigue on the other side of the world.”

There is a free exhibition on the book at the Montacute museum’s tearooms until November 4. Signed copies will be available and during half-term there will also be a Dr Who Hallowe’en event.

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