The true identity of Jack the Ripper
Numerous theories have been advanced on the identity of one of the most famous serial killers of all time, who terrorized Victorian England: many, from complete strangers to leading figures and artists (Carroll, Thompson, Wilde and Sickert), are been listed as possible suspects.
The Royal - Masonic Conspiracy Theory
The best known and most widespread theory, disclosed by Alan Moore in From Hell, inspired by the work of Stephen Knight, author of Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution published in 1976, is based on the alleged passion of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale and grandson of Queen Victoria, for the London brothels.
It is not clear whether, as a result of these ambiguous "acquaintances" he had contracted syphilis and had gone mad turning into a spiteful murderer or had even gone as far as secretly marrying a Catholic prostitute from whom he would have had a daughter and therefore an heir. The queen herself would have tried to remedy this scandal through intrigues with English Freemasonry and a Freemason (Jack) who, by carrying out five ritual crimes, would have eliminated all the witnesses of the relationship between the scion of the ruling family and the former prostitute.
Some accuse him instead of having developed an uncontrollable hatred towards women because of his alleged homosexuality that would have led him to carry out such wicked acts.
Starting from the name of the prince, 2 possible hypotheses for the identity of Jack the Ripper would have been elaborated:
- the Prince himself, with the complicity of his tutor (and presumed lover) James Stephen or the elderly doctor of Queen, Sir William Gull, in order to take revenge on those who had infected him with syphilis. The prince's experience as a hunter would "prove useful" in dissecting the bodies.
- Sir William Gull to silence the witnesses of the secret wedding and to take the good name of the royal family, mutilating the victims according to a Masonic ritual.
The Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, conspired with Queen Victoria and some Freemasons, including police officers, to kill several women who knew of an illegitimate and Catholic heir to the throne. According to this theory, the murders were committed by Sir William Gull with the complicity of a coachman, John Netley.
In support of the thesis that Gull was Jack the Ripper there are some elements such as the fact that the killer had certain medical notions that only a doctor could have; the fact that Gull matched perfectly some identikits provided to the police; the fact that he was a frequenter of Whitechapel and the fact that the murders of Jack the Ripper ended at the same time that Gull suffered a stroke that rendered him completely invalid.
Debunked theories or maybe not?
There is no evidence that Prince Albert Victor was ill with syphilis while there is much evidence that this avid hunter was in Scotland shooting mountain roosters in the days of the Polly Nichols and Annie Chapman murders, and in Norfolk shooting pheasants when Mary Kelly died. It is believed unlikely that gutting deer gave the Prince the anatomical knowledge the killer appears to have.
Finally, the absence of certain evidence regarding the aforementioned homosexuality undermines the hypothesis of the alleged hatred of women as a motive for homics, especially since, according to a criminological profile, homosexual serial killers usually hunt within their own environment.
As far as the supposed marriage is concerned, the elusive wife would not have been Catholic at all and, according to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, such a marriage would could not be considered valid.
There is no evidence that the five murdered prostitutes knew each other.
Examining the hypothesis of Dr. Gull's guilt: in order to suffocate two of the victims leaving them with bruises, the killer had to be a person of great physical strength. The fact that William Gull was 72 at the time of the crimes, a year earlier he had he had a heart attack and a brain hemorrhage that left him very weak and in late 1888 also suffered a devastating stroke make it unlikely that he had the strength to subdue the victims and the steady hand to carry out those mutilations so quickly .
Another royal suspect
Another suspect hovering around the English royal court is Sir John Williams, the obstetrician of Princess Beatrix, the daughter of Queen Victoria.
He was accused of being Jack the Ripper, by one of his descendants Tony Williams, in the book Uncle Jack (2005) co-written with Humphrey Price.
The authors argue that the victims knew the doctor personally and that they were killed and mutilated in an attempt to investigate the causes of infertility, and that a badly blunt scalpel, which belonged to Williams, was the murder weapon.
The author John Morris, on the other hand, indicates as a possible murder the wife of Williams, Lizzie who, not being able to have children, began to take revenge on those who could have them, killing them.
" From hell.
Sor I send you half the Kidne I took from one women prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise. I may send you the bloody knif[e] that took it out if you only wate a whil[e] longer
Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk"
-Jack The Ripper
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