After 15 years of research, the director of Withnail and I believes he has cracked the most enduring mystery in British criminal history.
‘I honestly think,’ Bruce Robinson says, ‘I’ve nailed the horrible f***er.’ He points to the photograph on the desk. A Victorian gent. Moustachio’d, dressed in a black frock coat, silk trimming on the lapels; a black cravat with a decorative pin. A certain understated style. An artist of some sort, perhaps? The expression blandly neutral – although looking closely there is something a little unsettling in the gaze, a certain cold indifference. But perhaps that’s one’s own projection.
So that, I say, is Jack the Ripper.
Robinson nods. ‘It is.’
Robinson is probably best known for writing and directing the film Withnail and I – a black comedy about two impecunious actors who go…