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Suspects…

Posted in Suspects with tags on February 26, 2008 by kimberjtrl

Montague John Druit

Druit was a successful sportsman and debater in school, and was a schoolmaster at Mr. Valentine’s School. He was later dismissed by Mr. Valentine after being ‘in serious trouble at the school’. He committed suicide sometime around the last of the Whitechapel murders, and was found on December 31st 1888. It is said that his body had been immersed for over a month. There were stones found in the pocket of his overcoat. On his body was found a letter to his brother, telling him why he must die, and a letter to Mr. Valentine. Druit came to notice in about 1959 when Daniel Farson discovered the Sir Melville Macnaghten’s memorandum, naming him as the probably ripper suspect. The memorandum described him as sexually insane, and that his own family thought he was the murderer. It also said that the body disappeared after the Miller’s Court murders, and is thought to be because  of the guilt (or possibly blackmailing that would prove he was the killer) that he committed suicide. Macnaghten’s documents are the only viable documents and writings are the only true evidence behind Druit being the killer.

Joseph Barnett

Barnett was born in London, but was of Irish decent. He was a labourer and market porter. He worked at a fish market. His nickname was “Danny”. He first met Mary Jane Kelly on Market Street, and soon became her lover, living with her at various addresses. In 1888 he lost his job shortly after a dispute with Kelly. He did not approve of her lifestyle as a prostitute, and it caused much animosity in their relationship. Soon they separated, and he visited Kelly daily and gave her money. It is suspected that he committed the murders to scare her off the streets because he wanted to support her. Whenever this failed, it is said that he killed her. Also there is speculation that he somehow obtained a key to her room.

James Maybrick

Maybrick was a cotton merchant, whose wife, Florence, was accused and found guilty of poisoning him with arsenic. A diary surfaced that is said to be his, and is his personal confession to the crimes committed by Jack the Ripper. This diary, however, has not been proven to be authentic. The diary details the 5 known murders committed by the Ripper, along with two others. Maybrick’s health began diminishing, which led to his death in 1889, from arsenic overdose. This would explain the sudden halt of the killings.

Thomas Neill Cream

Cream poisoned four prostitutes between 1891-1892. He was arrested and convicted of writing false incriminatory letters to the authorities with false names. He was a doctor, so he would obtained the anatomical knowledge thought to be possessed by Jack the Ripper. He was a serial killer, and poisoned his victims. He was hung in 1892 for the murder of Daniel Stott. It is said that his last words were “I am Jack…”, which is thought by many to be his confession to the Jack the Ripper murders. However, it is known that he was incarcerated during the time of the canonical murders.

Michael Ostrog

Ostrog is known as a professional con man whom committed many crimes, was a kleptomaniac, had around 20 aliases, and lied frequently about his profession and who he was. Many times, he persuaded himself to be a Russian Surgeon, and it is said that he always carried surgical knives and other instruments, and was habitually cruel to women. He spend most of his life evading the police and committing petty crimes. He is described as a homicidal maniac. I personally believe the man was absolutely insane. His whereabouts during the Whitechapel murders is still unknown, and many think that he went into hiding during the murders. He is described to have a mustache, be tall, and dark, and of Jewish or Russian decent. His entire life was crazy, and no one really knew who Michael Ostrog was. I personally believe him to be the most historically plausible suspect.

James Kenneth Stephen

Stephen was a tutor to Prince Albert Victor during his residency at Cambridge. He suffered a serious blow to the head in 1886 which led to brain damage, and ultimately death. He was a political speaker and president of the Cambridge Union. It is suggested that he and Albert Victor were secret homosexual lovers, and whenever the affair was broke off, Stephen cracked. He began killing prostitutes on dates that would have great meaning to Victor. It is said that the blow to head affected the region of his brain that was the primary cause of sexual murders.

Roslyn D’ Onston Stephenson

Stephen studied chemistry and medicine in his younger years, and worked as a freelance journalist. It is said that he was an excessive drinker whom always carried drugs on himself. He had an interest in black magic for some time. While hospitalized, a doctor noticed his excitement when discussing the Whitechapel murders, and he mimicked the murders. When hearing that the suspect sodomized his victims, he remembered Stephenson discussing this during the mime. Several blood encrusted ties were found in a box in his room at one point, and he claimed that The Ripper liked to conceal the organs he stole from his victims beneath his ties. Police state that he died in a New York hospital after confessing his guilt. It is said that the murders stopped because of a religious transformation he made.

Prince Albert Victor

Victor was grandson to Queen Victoria, and Duke of Clarence and Avondale, and husband to Queen Mary. It is surmised that the prince suffered from syphilis of the brain, which led to commit the murders, and that they were covered up by authorities and hidden from the public. It is also stated that he was a deer hunter and would possessed the anatomical knowledge to disembowel bodies. Support of the theory that he was Jack the Ripper had been deduced due to his alibi on nights of the murders. There is also a theory that Mary Jane Kelly blackmailed him because he secretly married Annie Elizabeth Crook, which persuaded the authorities to keep it under wraps and lock her up in an insane asylum. This supposedly led to Sir William Gull to use Freemasonic rituals to disembowel the blackmailers. He died in 1892 due to pneumonia, although there is a conspiracy that he secretly survived the illness.