Whodunnit?

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.

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