Posted on 01/28/2022 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Yesterday was the 190th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's birth (though of course he was then known as Charles Dogdson).

It may not be the way one would typically mark a celebrity's birthday, but Literary Hub shared something memorable for the occasion: a flashback to when a modern author accused him of being Jack the Ripper.

Yes, you read that right. In 1996, author Richard Wallace theorized in Jack the Ripper, Light-Hearted Friend that Carroll and his friend Thomas Vere Bayne were responsible for murdering several women in London's Whitechapel area in 1888.

One reason, among many (none of which held much water)? Anagrams of Carroll's work.

Read more about the dubious Lewis Carroll-Jack the Ripper theory at Lit Hub.

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