Archive for February, 2008


Posted in Suspects on February 26, 2008 by emilylsmith

Montague John Druitt

He was an educated man, a good speaker, and involved in Cricket Club. There was evidence that he was mentally unstable, and it appeared to be a family trait. It is believed that Druitt committed suicide by jumping into the Thames river. His body was found on 31 December, 1888. This early death could explain why the Ripper murders stopped.

Joseph Barnett

Joseph Barnett was the on-again-off-again lover of Mary Jane Kelly. He lived in the center of Whitechapel. On the last night of Mary Kelly’s life, she was seen arguing with him right outside of the room she was murdered in. It is believed that he resented Kelly’s life of prostitution and wanted her to stop. He wanted to support her, but was fired that July. The couple fought, and then she was murdered. His physical description is similar to descriptions of the Ripper, it is possible that he had a key to Kelly’s apartment, and it would explain why her murder was the last.

James Maybrick

He was a cotton merchant from Liverpool. The main reason he survives as a suspect is because of the “diary” supposedly written by him that “proves” whoever wrote it was the Ripper. He had malaria, and was prescribed arsenic for treatment, which is an addictive substance (when you take enough to not kill you). He became a violent hypochondriac. He died in May 1889, which would explain why the Ripper murders stopped.

Thomas Neill Cream

He was a Scottish doctor. He got a woman pregnant and aborted the baby, almost killing the woman. They married, and then he enrolled in another college. Cream took up a job of being an abortionist, and was almost caught when the body of a woman was found in his office. He began an affair with a patient (he had a tonic for epilepsy), and poisoned her husband when he became suspicious. Cream was imprisoned for this crime. Unfortunately, he was in prison until 1891, making the fact that he is a suspect a tad bit ridiculous. The only reason that he is on the list of suspects is because his final words as he was hung were “I am Jack…”. He couldn’t finish his sentence, obviously, because he died. So, we don’t really know if he meant to say that he was Jack the Ripper.

Michael Ostrog

Ostrog spent time in prison. He was in and out for a while, but was released in early 1888. He was committed to an asylum in 1891. He was Russian, and foreigners were the main suspects in the Ripper murders. He was also a doctor. He was a known homicidal maniac and known to hate women. One of the things against him being the Ripper is that he also committed small crimes, such as theft, and it is unlikely that a serial killer such as Jack would do such a thing.

James Kenneth Stephen

He was a writer and a history student. He played soccer and had a big, bulky frame. He started his own newspaper in early 1888, and was in poor health for awhile. He died in 1892. He is a suspect because he was a known woman-hater and for not being entirely stable in the mind. However, he never committed a crime (that we know of ) and he had no connections to Whitechapel.

Rosyln D’Onston Stephenson

He was personally interested in the murders and wrote letters and articles on the subject. This fits with the profile that serial killers often get involved in the investigation of their own case. He was a doctor, so he had anatomical knowledge. He wasn’t known to be violent toward women, however.

Prince Albert Victor

He was the prince, obviously. His case is the most interesting in the “victim” section, even if it is also the most ridiculous. He had contracted syphillis, which causes brain damage. He was losing his mind, and the theory is that he had a child with one of the prostitutes, or that he got his disease from one of them. This is why he killed only prostitues, and it is believed that people who worked for the royal family helped to cover up the Prince’s involvement in the Ripper murders.


One more?

Posted in Solution on February 20, 2008 by damuffnman

Ripper Who?

Posted in Suspects on February 20, 2008 by corkey11

Prince Eddy- The Royal Ripper

Like many upper-class Englishmen, Eddy was a perfect example of inbreeding. He had several physical problems and was about as smart as the Wodehouse character aptly nicknamed Barmy. There are darker rumors about Eddy than the gossip about him being an indulgent fop. He was mentally retarded according to some. Other camps claim he had syphilis, and it was rotting away his brain. While going slowly crazy, he started to murder and mutilate women in the East End. He was Jack the Ripper. Problem with this theory-he wasn’t in London during any of the killings and there is no proof he had syphilis.

Sir William Gull

Personal physician to the royal family, Gull supposedly committed the murders as part of the royal conspiracy. After Prince Eddy marries and sires a child with a young Catholic woman in the East End, Gull gets rid of the evidence by slowly killing the young woman through “scientific experiment’s.” Her Friends, however, are not happy about this, but decide that they can use it to their advantage. They try and blackmail the government and get routinely dissected by Gull for their pains. Problem with this theory-there is no real evidence linking Eddy to any women in the East End. Yes, bastards were born to young women in the East End, but that does not mean that they were all Eddy’s bastards. If they were all Eddy’s bastards, he would have died much sooner of something catching (and he would definitely have been well known in the East End).

James Kenneth Stephen

He was Eddy’s tutor at Cambridge and, according to those who espouse this theory, something much more sexual. (He did support keeping Greek in the curriculm). Two years after the relationship ended, Stephens suffered a blow to the head that would lead him to lunacy and then death. In 87, he wrote a series of slightly crazed poems that contained violence against women. He then sought to seek his revenge on Eddy through a series of sacrificial murders to the Roman god Terminus. He murdered the Ripper victims and four other women in order to match his poem about killing ten women. Problems-once again, no real evidence. Also, why must it always come back to Eddy?

Montague John Druitt

One of the top suspects in the Whitechapel Murders, Druitt was given the dubious honor of being noted as the ripper in Inspector Macnaghten’s memoirs and Scotland Yard files. Surprisingly, there is very little evidence to lead to him being one of the top suspects. He did match the general description of dark with a moustache, but there is very little proof beyond that dubious fact. A successful barrister, he suffered the loss of both his parents before the murders. He appeared to be coping well, until his body was found in the Thames on 31 December, 1888. There were four large stones in his pockets. This suicide points to mental instability, but he has alibis for several of the murders. The perfect English alibi of cricket games. They go on so long that one has no time to kill the whores of Whitechapel.

Joseph Barnett

Mary Jane Kelly’s on and off man, Barnett is a more recent suspect, but he does fit the FBI psychological profile.His relationship with Kelly was not a gentle one, and the fact that the murders end with her also points to him. The locked door could have been because he had a key. His knowledge of the Whitechapel area was excellent, and he had grown up within a mile of the murders. He matched the general description of the ripper, but very few men in Victorian England did not fit that description.

James Maybrick

In the 1990’s a diary supposedly belonging to Jack the Ripper appeared. The tale it told was sordid story of an arsenic addict loosing grip on his life and his wife. He confessed to the murders within the diary as revenge against his unfaithful wife and created a huge debate among ripperologists. Today the diary is largely regarded as an applaudable fake, but the mad, mind melted, Liverpool merchant is still generally listed as a possible ripper. (and he makes a really good piece of melodrama as his wife kills him soon after the murders.)

Dr. Thomas Neill Cream

Cream’s career of murder spans several countries. He began with an abortion in Canada and then removed to England to get his medical training and poisoned his first prostitutes. He returned to Canada and continued abortions and murders until he was finally caught and charged in the US in 1880. He got life and served from 1881 to 1891 when he was released for good behavior. He moved to England and was once again charged for murder. This time he was hung. As the noose tightened around his neck, he was heard to mutter “I am Jack…” Problem: he was in Joliet when the murders were committed. Several solutions to this have been presented including a double and bribing the Chicago police.

Michal Ostrog

A petty thief and confidence man, it seems unlikely that Ostrog would be the mad, Russian doctor that Inspector Macnaghten believed him to be. He did have a history of lunacy. He probably claimed to be a doctor at some point during his long and crooked career, but he also presented himself as a Prince of Poland. At five eleven, he was a tall man, unlike the general description of the ripper being about average height. It seems very unlikely that Ostrog was the ripper. The only thing truly in favor of him as a suspect, is that his whereabouts during the murders are unknown.

Roslyn D’Onston Stephenson

This the alias of Robert Donston Stephenson. Not considered a suspect until the 1980’s, the East Ender showed an unusual curiousity in the murders. He wrote numerous letters and articles on the subject. (He also had a thing for black magic and the occult. Black magic turns Englishmen into Jack the Ripper?)

Time after Time Continued

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 20, 2008 by Lavaughn

Just wanted to add to Chris Chapman’s post with some video.

Time After Time

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2008 by damuffnman

Cyndi Lauper

Matchbox 20-

I like Spoken’s the bast.


Those that were killed:

Posted in Victims on February 13, 2008 by gregsteible

First off i would like to apologize for the fact that this post is a week and change late, apparently i coppied down the wrong tuesday on my calendar… go figure. And secondly id like to get down to business (assuming that we are to discribe all five victims)

Mary Ann Nichols

Life: She was born in 1845. She was married to a printer’s machinist with whom she had 5 children. She became separated from William (the printer’s machinist) in 1881, and in 1884 William gained custody of the children. She then moved in with Drew, a blacksmith and then a year later that came to a close due to an argument. In June of 1886, she was present at her son’s funeral and saw William (the last time they had contact). In May of 1888 she found a job as a domestic servant but then got fired 2 months later for stealing. She then started living with another prostitute and then was evicted in August of 1888. She was killed 2 days later.

Death: On the 31st she was found dead with her throught slit significantly, yet no blood on her clothes or breasts. There were some other cuts on her lower torso. She was burried 6 days later.

Done by JTR?: probably, yes, or perhaps definately yes if this was the first victim, but at the same time i suppose it is still possible that none of the murders were done by the same person? but for the purpose of this i will say yes.

Annie Chapman

Life: Born in 1841, she was the son of a soldier who became a domestic servant. In 1869 she married John, a coachman. They had a few children and were separated in about 1885ish. In the following year, her allowance from her husband stopped comming, and she was living it seems on the streets of whitechapel. She died on September 8 of 1888.

Death: She was found dead in a back yard with a slit throat and several other cuts on the abdomen.

Done by JTR?: This one seems to be the most reasonable by the same person (in my mind mainly due to the close proximity in date of the first 2 murders)

Elizabeth Stride

is completely unimportant due to the fact that she was simply not (in my mind) a JTR victim. She simply does not fit the whole increasing gore pattern. She only had her throat slit. boring.
Catherine Eddows

Life: Born in 1842 (probably), really there is not much information about her early life, though her husband left her in 1880 due to alcohol issues.  She then moves in with John Kelley in 1881.  They would work in the hops fields collecting hops during the hops season, and the rest of the year she would sell herself as a prostitute.

Death:  Her throat was slit of course, plus some significantly brutal slashings all over her body.  Some disembowelment occurred.  The murder happened approximately an hour after the death of Liz stride.

Done by JTF?:  This murder seem likely to have been done by the same person as the first two murders.  It still is systematically done it seems and it just seems to fit in with the first two murders.

Mary Jane Kelly

Life: Mary was born in Ireland, probably.  Her early life is the least documented of the canonical five.  In aproximately 1879, she married Davies.  She later gets an invite to france from a client, but does not like it so comes back and moves to the east end.  She met a man in May of 1887 and the next day they desided to live together.  October 30th 1888, the man moved out due to the fact that another prostitute had begun living with them. She then died on November 9th.

Death: This is the most brutal by far of the murders.  Her throat was slit along with significant distruction of much of her flesh.  It is almost too brutal to be considered a JTR murder due to the sheer shredding of much of the flesh.  The organs were also taken out similarly to Catherine Eddowes only to a much higher intensity.

Done by JTR?: I would argue no simply due to the fact that it was done so brutaly.  It seems more likely to me to be a copy cat murder.  It seems as though the fellow that killed the first 3 (or 4 i guess) women would not have been this brutal.  It seems almost as though less thought was taken during this murder than the others.

And now a joke to lighten the mood…:

The first alien said, that girl just rolled her eyes at me.  The second alien said If you were a real gentleman you would pick them up and roll them back to her!

Blog Post 1

Posted in Background on February 8, 2008 by may245

What do I know about the Victorian Era?

Almost nothing. I never gave much thought to it, unless it was to the architectural styles of houses in the time period as well as clothing styles. I guess the most detailed mental picture I would get is that from the movie “Black Beauty” where the women dress in large poofy dresses and ride around all day in carriages pulled by black horses.

What do I know about the Jack the Ripper murders?

Again, not much. I knew some of the sayings and that he was the first known serial killer. But up until our first class period, I knew nothing about the victims or his way of murdering them that he incorporated. I never really paid it much attention I guess.

Reading People of the Abyss.

Reading this book was like an eye opening experience for me. I had no idea that most people in this time period lived like that, which differed extremely from my view of women going to tea parties in horse- drawn carriages. The truth was, most of the population’s women were prostitutes that slept in or around the streets at night. It would have been very unfortunate to be a woman of this time period with little money. The other thing I found most disturbing was the way that people slept. Paying to sleep tied to a bench seems a little hysterical when we think about it in this day and age. But back then, it was a reality, and many people were actually forced to sleep that way for many nights.