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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.


Booth’s Poor Maps- Jack Merrywell

Posted in Background with tags on January 31, 2008 by jackmerrywell

     I think Charles Booth was a remarkable scientist.  He took scientific research and applied it to the social sciences in a way that was very rare at the time.  Indeed, modern sociology was still a fledgling branch of science when Booth undertook his study of London’s poverty.  It is certainly unfair to think of Booth as anything but an intellectual and humanitarian pioneer.  His application of modern quantitative and qualitative research techniques (as opposed to the “best guess” methods of many of his peers) played an important role in shedding light on the truly mortifying situation that had beset what had once been the greatest city in the world.