About the Book
In 1992, a startling handwritten diary was presented to a London literary agent which would change the world of the intriguing Jack the Ripper saga forever.
If the diary was to be believed, then the mystery of who this gruesome murderer actually was in 1888, was finally solved once and for all. The diary, with its chilling confessions, would bring the F.B.I and Scotland Yard into the debate of its authenticity and create a furore amongst the Ripperologists who have studied the case for many years. Now, for the first time since the appearance of this remarkable document came to light, the truth is finally told and the story laid bare for all. The facts contained in this book, Fame or Infamy, have the power to cause a scandal in the literary circles of England and open a Police investigation that will cover three continents and the probable fraudulent death of three men. Now, after nearly forty years of lies and deception, that truth is finally unveiled in this incredible hoax and criminal fraud of the Jack the Ripper diary.
Born in Sydney in 1951, Steve Powell hitched-hiked around Australia with fellow musician Steven Park, who went on to hoax 'The diary of Jack the Ripper. After securing a major recording contract with an Australian recording company, Steve Powell recorded his first solo LP entitled: 'Celestial Madness', which was released throuout the world in 1974. Soon after this, Powell went totally deaf and was unable to record again. Since then, and the arrival of state of the art digital hearing aids, Steve Powell is once again recording his huge backlog of original songs. He was also the manager of a theatre for fifteen years, in which he has written two plays and a musical comedy. His new book, 'FAME OR INFAMY: The true story behind the Jack the Ripper diary', tells the story of just how the infamous diary of Jack the Ripper came to be written and how it has affected the literary world. He now lives in Melbourne Australia.