Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Family Life of Father Who Became Ripper Suspect; Former Engineer Who Lost Wife and Children after Drink and Mental Problems

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Family Life of Father Who Became Ripper Suspect; Former Engineer Who Lost Wife and Children after Drink and Mental Problems

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Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY

ANTHONY JOHN HARDY lived the life of a homeless alcoholic on the streets of London.

But what nobody who came into contact with him realised was that he had left behind a respectable family life with a wife and four children as he developed a mental disorder.

Hardy had lived at the Camden bedsit where police found body parts for the last three years, apparently making a successful transition from life on the streets and in supported accommodation nearby in King's Terrace, Camden.

Housing association workers helped find him a permanent tenancy in a council flat.

But they did not know that until the mid-1980s, Hardy had worked as a mechanical engineer in Tasmania and had a wife, Judith, and four children, Sam, 29, Ben, 26, Emma, 24 and Tom 22.

Hardy was the youngest of four children, born in Burtonon-Trent, Nottinghamshire, in May 1951.

His father Cyril served with the Sherwood Foresters and Royal Service Corps in the war.

Afterwards, he worked as a tiler and then in a local mine.

Both he and Hardy's mother Kathleen are now dead.

Hardy met secretary Judith Dwight, two years his senior, while he was studying engineering at university in London. They married in the early Seventies. The couple moved to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, but then emigrated to Australia. It was there that the marriage fell apart.

His wife took their children back to Bury St Edmunds 10 years ago, where she is now a respected local businesswoman. …

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