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Whodunnit?

Posted in Suspects on February 27, 2008 by sesshy

Montague John Druitt
This was a very athletic man known for his cricket and hockey skills. He was in his 30s when the murders took place therefore his wrists and strength would still be in top knotch. Unfortunately, within a very short span of time, his father died and his mother was commited to an institution. It appeared that these events didn’t really affect him as his affairs remained in top order. Around the end of November he was dismissed from his job at Blackheath School. This was the last straw as his body was discovered in the Thames on the 31st of December and a suicide note at his current residence. The only thing that really holds him as a suspect is his general appearance which matched the description given by most of the witnesses.

Joseph Barnett
Joseph’s father died and his mother abondoned him and his siblings. He was raised by two older brothers and his sister. All the boys became fish porters like their father, but Joe lost his license for theft. This was after he had moved in with the final Ripper victim Mary Kelly. The couple fell on rough times, fought all the time, and finally broke up at the end of October 1888. They remained friends and Joe came to visit her often. He would normally leave her what money he could to get her off the street, but at their final meeting he couldn’t give her anything. Therefore she went back out and was killed later that day. His links include appearance, motive, and opportunity. He matched descriptions by witnesses, had a recently failed relationship with her, and was a trusted friend that could easily have gained access to her room. It has been speculated that he killed the other women to scare Mary off the streets.

James Maybrick
He may have become familiar with the Whitechapel area during his marriage to a Sarah Ann Robertson. He had a documented marriage with Florence Chandler. They had 2 children and a troubled marriage. James was a substance abuser and found to be involved with another woman, possibly his first wife. Florence was mad about it and began her own affair. She started being beaten and James’s health continued to decline until his death in May of 1889. Suspicions that he was the Ripper didn’t occur until the release of his supposed journal.

Thomas Neill Cream
He was the oldest of eight and graduated from medical school in 1876. Later in the same year he aborted his own creation from Flora Brooks, nearly killing her. They later marry under her father’s orders in September 1876. He soon enrolled in graduate school in Edinburgh. A few years later he returned to Canada to begin his career as an abortionist. He killed a chambermaid in Canada and wasn’t charged for her death, then another girl in Chicago that he wasn’t convicted for. After killing the husband of his lover, Cream was finally convicted of murder and sent to the Illinois State Penitentiary. He was released from his life sentence on good behavior and moved back to England with an inheritance. He killed two prostitutes and poisoned another two. He couldn’t let it go and bragged about them. He wouldn’t have been convicted and hanged if he hadn’t had told his story to a police sergeant. Cream was a poisoner and therefore wouldn’t seem the type to commit the Ripper murders, but as the floor was suddenly dropped from under him, Cream said, “I am Jack.” This started the speculations about stand-ins and bribery.

Michael Ostrog
This man was a known thief that couldn’t keep his butt out of jail. He was said to be a dangerous manic in 1887 that was abusive towards women. His whereabouts weren’t well documented during the murders. It was said that he was unstable and carried surgical tools around with him. His appearance is similar to those given by witnesses.

James Kenneth Stephen
He was an athletic man that was very proficient in the sport of the wall game of football. He was a very successful student and won many awards. He edited, managed, and published the Reflector, a paper that didn’t reach a large audience. He taught for a while, but had to stop from failing health. He was suspected because he was a known lunatic and had connections with Prince Albert Victor.

Rosyln D’Onston Stephenson
This man was a very hardcore follower of the murders and wrote several letters and articles over them. Because he was so interested in the case, and because of a killer’s possible want to be involved in the investigation of their own wrong doings, Stephenson was brought into the pot of suspects.

Prince Albert Victor
Eddie’s father was a womanizer who’s saint-like wife allowed him to behave in such a manner. He was a slow child and may not have had a fully developed intelect. He required a tutor at Cambridge and was partially deaf. He had no aims in life and was not smart enough to rule. There are theories that he contracted syphilis from prostitutes and was driven insane from the disease. The only proof of the factuality in this would be from Sir Gull’s notes that were withheld.

Suspects…Jack Merrywell (Merrywell being author of post: not additional suspect)

Posted in Suspects with tags on February 27, 2008 by jackmerrywell

Alrighty!  The Suspects!

 Montague John Druitt

Druitt was an Oxford-educated lawyer who died by drowning (likely a suicide) on December 21, 1888.  Because of his death so soon after Kelley’s murder and his access to “private information” concerning the case, he has been named a suspect.  Inspector Abberline dismissed him as a suspect, but some Ripperologists still suspect him.

 Joseph Barnett

Barnett was Kelley’s spurned lover.  Mary denied his attempts to rekindle their relationship, leading to speculation that he either killed his ex and used the Ripper’s MO as cover or killed the other four girls to lead up to the final murder.

James Maybrick

James Maybrick was a cotton merchant who was poisoned by his wife.  Though his diary supposedly contained a confession for the murders, it is widely considered to be a hoax.

Thomas Neill Cream

Cream was a convicted serial killer executed in 1892.  He poisoned his victims; however, his last words were supposed to have been “I am Jack…”  This, however, is very shaky evidence on which to build a case.

Michael Ostrong

Ostrong was a con man implicated by the investigators a year after the murders.  However, Ostrong was in a French prison at the time of the killings.

 James Kenneth Stephen

Stephen was a poet who had obvious misogynistic tendancies and served as a tutor to Prince Albert.  Because of his connection to Prince Albert and therefore the Royal Conspiracy Theory, Stephen has been implicated in the killings.

Rosyln D’Onston Stephenson

Stephenson was a journalist who came to Whitechapel just before the murders started and left just after they ended.  He inserted himself into the investigation, writing letters and newspaper articles about it.  His short-term proximity to the murders and his interest in the crimes have made him a leading suspect in recent years.

Prince Albert Victor

Prince Albert Victor has been implicated as central to the theory that the Ripper crimes were part of a royal conspiracy.  In the theory, the murdered women had witnessed the Prince’s marriage to a common women and were therefore considered threats to the throne.  This theory is central to the movie From Hell; however, it is discounted by most Ripperologists.

Jack the Ripper?

Posted in Suspects on February 27, 2008 by katelinm

Montague John Druitt:
Druitt graduated Winchester College in 1880 and was highly involved with debating politics there. He was also very active in the cricket club there and remained an avid cricket player throughout his life.  After he graduated he began to teach at a boarding school in Blackheath and 2 years after this began to pursue a law career as well. His father died in 1885 and in July of 1888 his mother was committed to an insane asylum. A history of mental illness seemed to run in her family with multiple suicides and suicide attempts in the family history. Nothing seemed to be unusual about his life until his body was found in the Thames on December 31, 1888. He appeared to have committed suicide several weeks prior to his body being found. He was dismissed from his post at the school in Blackheath around the end of November 1888, but it is not certain of exactly when. This dismissal seems to have been what triggered his suicide. He was not considered a Jack the Ripper suspect until well after his death when the memoranda of Inspector Macnaghten was found listing Druitt as his primary suspect. However, he does not state any solid evidence and Druitt does not match a majority of the descriptions if we can even take those into account at all. In my opinion, Druitt is a poor candidate for Jack the Ripper even though he is a popular suspect. His busy schedule with cricket and his work, and his residence, all seem to discount him as a suspect especially considering he was not brought up elsewhere. His suicide was probably a result of a family history of mental illness and not guilt for the murders.

Joseph Barnett:
Joseph Barnett lived around Whitechapel his entire life and was the son of a fish porter. His father died in 1864 and his mother deserted the family soon after. The children were raised by the eldest brothers and the eldest sister. By1878 all of the brothers had become fish porters. He met Mary Kelly in April of 1887. They lived together for the next year and a half. He lost his fish porter’s license in July of 1888 for theft and has a fight with Kelly  in October. He still visited her often though until her death in their final residence in 13 Miller’s Court on November 9, 1888. He did not emerge as a Ripper suspect until the 1970s when it was conjectured that he had committed the murders to scare Kelly off the streets and stop her from being a prostitute. There are circumstantial occurrences that support the theory of Barnett being Jack the Ripper. He fits the approximate physical profile, the FBI profile and would explain things about Mary Kelly’s murder.  There does not appear to be anything linking him to the other murders. This leads me to believe that while he is a probable candidate for Mary Kelly’s murder he was probably not Jack the Ripper.

James Maybrick:
Maybrick was a cotton merchant from Liverpool. His family was well established in the area. He married an American woman, Florence, and they lived in England and Norfolk, Virginia. He contracted Malaria after living in Norfolk for 3 years and became addicted to arsenic as a result of his treatment. This addiction seemed to last his entire life. They had two children and moved to Aigburth in March 1888. However, their marriage had deteriorated. In April of 1889, Maybrick’s health began to fail and he eventually died the following May. His wife was accused and convicted of poisoning him. In 1992, a diary emerged that was supposedly written by James Maybrick. In this diary he confessed to being Jack the Ripper.  The diary has not been confirmed authentic or fake. There really isn’t much evidence to support that he was the Ripper outside of this diary. It does not seem like he would have that much knowledge of Whitechapel and therefore it seems improbable to me that he was the Ripper.

Thomas Neill Cream:
Cream was born in Scotland in 1850 and moved to Canada with his family four years later. He graduated from McGill College in Montreal in 1876 with a medical degree.  He soon became involved with Flora Brooks and after an unwanted pregnancy occurred he performed the abortion himself almost killing Brooks. He was then forced to marry her and they moved to London where he continued his studies.  A few years later he returned to Canada and became an abortionist. A woman was then discovered dead in his office, but he was not accused of murder.  He then moved to Chicago where another woman was found dead in his care in 1880. This time he was charged of murder, but not convicted. He then began to give out an elixir for epilepsy and developed a special relationship with one of his epilepsy patients. When the husband found out he mysteriously died. Cream then implicated himself in the crime suggesting that they exhume  the body because they would find he had died of strychnine poisoning. He was imprisoned in Illinois from 1881 to 1891 and soon after traveled to London. He soon began to poison more women and implicating himself in the crimes. He was charged with murder and sentenced to hang on November 15, 1892. His last words were recorded as “I am Jack…” There are theories that he had a double and that they took turns being in prison so that the other would have an alibi, but this is farfetched at best. The fact that he was known to poison women also makes him less likely to be Jack the Ripper because it seems highly unlikely that he would switch to the more violent murders that are attributed to Jack the Ripper.

Michael Ostrog:                                                                                                                                                                              Ostrog was generally described as Russian or Polish and was only tracked through a series of crimes committed throughout his life. He was a thief and con man and served jail sentence after jail sentence as a result. He used several aliases as well. In August of 1887, Ostrog was once again arrested for theft and either in an effort to stay out of jail or genuine illness he displayed signs of insanity and was sent to insane asylum. He was discharged in March 1888 as cured. His whereabouts cannot be accounted for after this time. On October 26, 1888, his description was published in The Police Gazette for failure to report and ended with ‘special attention is called to this dangerous man.’ Macnaghten listed him as a suspect in his memoranda, but no other evidence points to Ostrog. The notice in the Gazette was not that out of the ordinary and there was suspiction cast on anyone who had just been released from an insane asylum. Also, Ostrog showed no previous signs of violence and did not match the physical description given by the witnesses. When Ostrog was questioned in 1894 for theft committed in 1889 it was discovered that he was actually in a French insane asylum at the time and therefore could not have committed the murders.

James Kenneth Stephen:                                                                                                                                                       Stephen studied at Eton and Oxford and was a prominent student at both. He became a great speaker, writer, and teacher. Stephen was the tutor of Prince Albert and this appears to be his only real connection to the Jack the Ripper murders. He sustained a blow to his head in the winter of 1886-7 which appeared to cause brain damage. He became ill and died on February 3, 1892. This is a very shaky suspect in my opinion. There was no real signs of violence and no suspicion that he had ever even been to the East End. A connection with Prince Albert who most likely did not have anything to do with the murders completely rules him out as a suspect in my opinion.

Rosyln D’Onston Stephenson:                                                                                                                                            Stephenson wrote several articles about the murders and showed great interest in them.  He lived in the East End and was said to dabble in black magic. His highly involved curiosity in the murders was noted and he was said to allude to things that he felt Jack the Ripper would have done that were similar to aspects of the murders. He seemed to inject himself into the case as serial killers tend to do. However, there appears to be no evidence at all that he was remotely involved with the murders.

Prince Albert Victor:                                                                                                                                                                         Prince Eddy was a slow child who grew up to be quite the womanizer, but still not so bright. He died in 1892 of influenza. His entire connection to the Ripper murders  was the result of a man named Joseph Gorman who claimed to be Walter Sickert’s grandson. He told the story of how Prince Eddy was married a woman from the East End, Annie Crook. They had a child together. In order to cover this up all who knew about it were killed by Sir William Gull working with John Netley, the coachman,  and Sir Robert Anderson acting as a lookout. There was no evidence for any of this and Prince Eddy was not even in the country on the day of one of the murders.

I know who the killer is…

Posted in Suspects, Uncategorized on February 27, 2008 by damuffnman

Montague John Druitt
A very nice business man, who was successful and well known. He is one of the main suspects of the Ripper case, although almost no evidence exists to tie him to the murders, and thanks to the wonderful London train time tables we know that if he was the Ripper he would have had several hours of being stuck in Whitechaple (not a good place for a killer to lay around). He was found dead in late December of an apparent intentional drowning, although he probably died earlier that month.
Conclusion- The only thing that ties him to the case in my opinion was the fact that his death was near the end of the murders.

Joseph Barnett
Was in love with Mary Kelly. The theory states that he killed prostitutes Mary knew in order to scare her off the streets. When this failed he went a killed he because her did not want to see her sell herself. He is almost a picture perfect match for the F.B.I.’s psycological profile, but that is as far as it goes for me. My problem is, if he was trying to protect her, why would he kill her?

James Maybrick
James showed up as a suspect in 1992 when a diary miraculously surfaced appearing to have been written by Jack the Ripper. Through subtle hints and clues it was determined to have been written by Maybrick. Although it has been repeatedly announced as a hoax, many still believe it to be true. I fell it is a hoax, because if this has existed for one hundred years, why did it just surface?

Thomas Neill Cream
He made a healthy living as an abortionist, and the occasional malpractice death of women. The fact he was in prison during the time the Ripper murders took place didn’t stop the theorists. They now say he had a double (The Prestige anyone?). Come on…just a little out there.

Michael Ostrog
He was a thief with no history of violent crime. he was repeatedly imprisoned, but was free during the time of the murders. However with no history of violence it seems a big jump from theft to serial killing. With no escalation it doesn’t make sense.

James Kenneth Stephen
He was a big man, built for football. He was the tutor to the prince and a poet. His suspicion came up with the royal conspiracy theory. I see very little evidence and because he was a poet he would have killed in a different way.

Rosyln Stephenson
He dabbled in black magic and the occult, and had an extraordinary interest in the murders. Not much else. He’s innocent.

Prince Albert Victor
He had cyphilis and was loosing his sanity. He was suspected to have had a child with a prostitute. It is also suspected that he inadvertently caused it through they masonic slaughter carried out by his doctor. But he was to far away to kill a few of the whores. He’s innocent too.

Remember, you can’t spell “slaughter” without “laughter”

-Chapman.