'˜Jack the Ripper was my best pal'
Most people who author Jack the Ripper books 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, released 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,” said Peter.
“This VT will be the main piece in a section to be shown on ITV This Morning Programme hosted by Phil Schofield & Holly Willoughby today.”
Peter claims serious illness catapulted him back in time and to a very close liaison with Victorian serial killer Jack.
He said: “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 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.”
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.