Re: What's your favorite Jack the Ripper theory?
Gabriel Van Helsing wrote:
Henry Ventrue wrote:
"Jack the Ripper" was actually an entire band led by Sir William Gull. s physician, member of the Alpha Masonic Lodge at the Kensington Palace.
That's the theory from "From Hell", right? That's my favorite Jack the Ripper movie.
That is also the kind of theory that is espoused in the tv mini-series starring Michael Caine
. It posited that Sir William Withey Gull went mad and sliced up prostitutes as a form of research and he only stopped when the police used a full royal pardon to get his driver, John Netley, to take him out and attempt to get him to perform another murder (which involved a prostitute that was in the pay of the police and who was later sent away from London so that she could not talk about her part in the plan)... the doctor was caught and sent to an asylum where he later died. The mania was said to be the result of a stroke. Another theory
is that the prostitutes were all in the know about a marriage between Prince Albert Victor and a young woman called Annie Elizabeth Crook. She had a baby and the murders were performed (again by Gull and his Masonic connections) to silence all of the women that knew about it and prevent them from trying to blackmail the British government (which sounds utterly ridiculous to me, but there you go... there are theories to support anyone's ideas lol).
I'm not keen on the author Patricia Cornwell's case against the artist Walter Sickert, and on more than one occasion her case seemed to be built upon her own bias than any actual kind of evidence (at least that is the way it seemed to me when I read her book).
My favourite theory is the one about Sir William Gull, but I don't think it's true... even in the Victorian era there were easier ways of disposing of people you wanted gone, without attracting the attention of the entire world! Getting away with murder was easy back then and the East End was rife with extreme violence. The Jack the Ripper murders have always struck me a complete overkill (no pun intended) and vastly more intense than they would have needed to be just to "shut the whores up." I see no reason why, if the purpose of the slayings was to just quieten loose tongues, that the killings would grow in intensity until the killer did what he did to Mary Jane Kelly (the picture of her in-situ is brutal and shocking, even today). Stab them or cut their throats, yes. Disembowel and mutilate them, no. Take bits of the body away for a trophy, no.
The case against Tumblety has much more weight for me... he hated women, he was a collector of female sexual organs (ick!) and he seems to have been in London at around the same times as the murders occurred. Also, when he returned to the States (via France) the murders ceased.
It's one of those subjects that a lot of people have an idea about, but like all the other theories there is just as much evidence to support one, as there is to support all the others... that evidence sadly being not one hell of a lot