Most people who author Jack the Ripper bookes rely on historical sources – but one Leyland author says he is speaking from first hand experience as the notorious killer’s ‘best friend’.
Peter Rutt, from Leyland, is a published author after releasing his book, Jack the Ripper From the Cradle to the Grave, in 2013.
Earlier this month, he travelled to the East End of London to meet up with a film crew and reality TV star Peter Andre.
“We were filming a piece to explain how I managed to get the information no other author has managed to get on Jack The Ripper and explain the life and crimes of the Whitechapel killer based on my memory of him,” explained Peter.
Peter claims serious illness catapulted him back in time and to a very close liaison with Victorian serial killer Jack.
He explained: “In 2005-6 I went down with a mystery virus. I had various tests on my brain, my heart stopped three times. In the end they said we think you’ve gone down with ME. When I finally recovered in 2006 I started to have an ability I never had before. I started to see and hear things.
“I started to have flashbacks and recollections of another lifetime – and that lifetime happened to be the best friend of Jack the Ripper.
“I don’t mean quick glimpses. It was far more invasive than that, a living thing inside another body.
“I was at two murder scenes.
“I helped Jack the Ripper in two of his murders. I spent thirty years with the bloke.”
Peter described how he was at the scene of the Whitechapel murder of Wolverhampton-born Catherine Eddowes.
He said Jack knocked her out with chloroform before killing her.
Stevenage-born Peter, 50, who lives off Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, with his wife Morag, 49, is a security officer for a defence company in Bolton.
They moved to the North West h in November to help look after Peter’s mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s.
He said his flashbacks were quite disturbing initially.
“It was at first, seeing all this stuff,” he said.
“It is weird. As I understood it more, I thought, Oh my god, I was there.”
Jack the Ripper From the Cradle to the Grave is a non-fiction book and was the culmination of five years research including three years “contact” work. The book is described by Peter as being ‘not for the faint hearted as it is very dark in places’.
Regarding the filming, Peter said: “We were filming a piece to explain how I managed to get the information no other author has managed to get on JTR and explain the life and crimes of the Whitechapel killer based on my memory of him!
“Peter Andre asked me the questions and I gave succinct answers.
“I even printed out a copy of the only photograph of Jack the Ripper that exists and this was filmed too.
“This VT will be the main piece in a special section to be shown on ITV This Morning Programme hosted by Phil Schofield & Holly Willoughby on Wednesday.”
Peter has a second book due out in September 2017 entitled Man Of Two Worlds.
Jack The Ripper will feature in a chapter in his third book, entitled 50 Ghosts.