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Jack the Ripper signature in Cleveland home: Could it be real?

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CLEVELAND -- A contractor made a discovery during a renovation project at a home on Scranton Road in Cleveland. Now, a family is wondering if it could have ties to a notorious serial killer.

Construction worker Ken Maynard was working in the dining room stripping wallpaper. Maynard said he and his crew had stripped about nine layers to get to the original plaster in the home that was built in 1889 or 1890.

"I still get chills when I look at it, " said Maynard. On the wall, scribbled in pencil, is a signature.

Jack the Ripper was written on the wall.

"The circa is right. The timeline is right. I have a date on the wall over there that says March 16, 89. I believe 89 would mean 1889 and some of Jack's letters were written in 1888," said Maynard.

When the crew and family compared the signature to that of some on the Internet, they said the similarities were striking.

After 9 On Your Side's sister station, NewsChannel5, contacted Cleveland police, they sent an officer out to take a picture of it. The family is hoping the historical society can help them get answers.

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