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Jack the Ripper was renowned poet Francis Thompson: teacher

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Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:07 AM

English poet Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907) wrote "The Hound of Heaven" and other works. A researcher claims he's behind the legendary Jack the Ripper murders.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

English poet Francis Thompson (1859 – 1907) wrote “The Hound of Heaven” and other works. A researcher claims he’s behind the legendary Jack the Ripper murders.

England’s most notorious serial killer may have been renowned poet Francis Thompson, according to one teacher who claims to have cracked the century-old murder mystery.

Thompson penned poetry by day and butchered prostitutes by night under the guise of legendary murderer Jack the Ripper, Australian teacher Richard Patterson claims.

The 45-year-old educator says research from an exhaustive 20-year study shows the artist is the legendary culprit behind the grisly 1888 slays of five London prostitutes during a 10-week killing spree.

Thompson, from Preston, Lancashire, had surgical experience and hinted at his double life in some of his poems in which he talked about killing people, Patterson told the Mirror.

Illustration shows the police discovering the body of one of Jack the Ripper's victims in London in late September 1888.Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Illustration shows the police discovering the body of one of Jack the Ripper’s victims in London in late September 1888.

He “kept a dissecting knife under his coat, and he was taught a rare surgical procedure that was found in the mutilations of more than one of the Ripper victims,” the researcher said.

“He helped with surgery and is known to have cut up heaps and heaps of cadavers while a student,” Patterson added.

Thompson was also addicted to opium and had “close links” to at least one East London prostitute.

Patterson believes “The Hound of Heaven” writer snapped after a relationship with a local prostitute went sour.

“Soon before and soon after the murders, he wrote about killing female prostitutes with knives,” the author said.

Many along the years have been suspected of being the real Ripper, including a 23-year-old Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski, artist Walter Sickert and even Lizzie Williams, the wife of royal physician Sir John Williams.

mchan@nydailynews.com

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