77,590. This is the Whitechapel Road and we’re just walking over to the London Hospital. And this is where d’Onston admitted himself as a patient just prior to the beginning of the Whitechapel murders ... Stevenson [d’Onston] who studied black magic: we know in ritual murder, mutilation of the dead is a practice that is performed. Now when d’Onston planned the murders it’s my believe he planned them on a map ... The distance from victim number one to victim number two is nine hundred and thirty yards using the scale on the map. The distance between victim two and victim four is exactly nine hundred and thirty yards. They were sacrifices, and it is now known sacrifices can be committed at the four points of the cross. Ivor Edwards, author Jack the Ripper’s Black Magic Rituals
77,591. Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria, was known to frequent the run-down area where the killings occurred. Rumour had it Albert fathered a child with a local girl, and the Queen ordered all of the women who knew the child silenced. But the latest theory is that Jack the Ripper wasn’t even a man. Mysteryquest: Jack the Ripper
77,592. The new suspect – Mary Pearcey – was put to death in 1890 for the murder of the wife and baby of her lover – the killing of the other woman was especially brutal. While on trial Pearcey wrote letters to her family providing insight into her psyche. ibid.
77,593. The victim Mary Ann Nichols was discovered at 3:45 a.m. In a residential street then called Bucks Row. She was found with two deep slashes on the side of her neck, and her abdomen had been cut open with a long-bladed knife. The alley was dark and isolated with little traffic in the early hours of the morning. ibid.
77,594. The use of a medical knife could offer clues to identifying the killer. ibid.
77,595. Tumblety was known to don elaborate military garb. But there is no record he achieved any significant military rank. He appears to have been a con-artist from a young age. He grew up in Rochester, New York and as a teenager began passing himself off as a doctor. He became notorious for selling fake medicines and remedies in America and Canada. But when trouble arose he’d simply move on. The evidence suggests he came to England in June of 1988. At the time of the killings he was staying in London. ibid.
77,596. American doctor Francis Tumblety was arrested in London on the 7th of November 1888. Just before the last killing. But not for murder. The charge was gross indecency. ibid.
77,597. Not only did Tumblety not associate with women, he seemed to harbour a hatred for them ... He kept a collection of women’s uteruses. ibid.
77,598. Tumblety was arrested a second time immediately after the final murder on the same charge as before. But brand new information puts a whole new spin on the arrest. It’s a long forgotten interview with Tumblety himself ... Tumblety made bail on the 16th of November, and immediately fled London for America under the alias Frank Townsend. There is little evidence of his whereabouts after he fled until 1903 when a newspaper reported his death in St Louis from a heart condition. ibid.
77,599. But that changed in 2006 when a DNA test on the seal of one of the Ripper letters suggested it had been written by a woman. ibid.
77,600. The authorities received hundreds of letters claiming to be from the killer himself. Most have been dismissed as hoaxes. Except the letter to the community leader which came with a human kidney. ibid.
77,601. The police had two witness accounts. Pearly Poll a fellow prostitute said that she and Martha had been entertaining a couple of Grenadier Guards earlier on that evening. A local PC said he’d seen a Grenadier Guard near the scene of the crime. So the police ordered all Grenadier Guards who had been in London that night to attend an ID parade. Bloody Britain: Jack the Ripper
77,602. It’s the start of a trail that leads straight to the forgotten prime suspect of the Whitechapel Murders of 1888. Secret History: The Whitechapel Murders
77,603. The Lancet estimated that one in sixteen women was prepared to sell herself. ibid.
77,604. Mrs Elizabeth Long saw a middle-aged man wearing a brown dear-stalker talking to a woman called Annie Chapman. Long thought the man was a foreigner. ibid.
77,605. The sub-curator of London’s Pathological Museum had recently been approached by a man asking to buy a number of uteruses; he’d offered twenty pounds a piece but the curator had turned him down. The man was an American doctor. ibid.
77,606. Why did the Yard have Tumblety in their sights? ibid.
77,607. On November 7th, two days before the last Ripper murder, Francis Tumblety aged 56 and describing himself as a physician was arrested for acts of gross indecency with four men. He was remanded to answer bail at the next session, but he never did. ibid.
77,608. Scotland Yard had lost the trail, but the American press was to pick it up. What did they discover about Francis Tumblety? ibid.
77,609. As a Victorian serial killer Tumblety’s personality profile fits the expert opinion of those who study his modern counterparts. ibid.
77,610. Tumblety had a criminal record, and there’s evidence that as a quack he had killed before. Unlike some other suspects Francis Tumblety was in London when the attacks happened, and they stopped when he left ... And we know that an American disappeared from the Batty Street lodgings after the discovery of a bloodstained shirt by his landlady on the night of the double murder ... Tumblety’s pathological hatred of women ... All the murders except one targeted the womb ... Tumblety did have a collection of his own [uteruses]. ibid.
77,611. For instance, no mere slaughterer of animals could have carried out these operations. It must have been some one accustomed to the post-mortem room. The conclusion that the desire was to possess the missing parts seems overwhelming. If the object were robbery, these injuries were meaningless, for death had previously resulted from the loss of blood at the neck. Moreover, when we find an easily accomplished theft of some paltry brass rings and such an operation, after, at least, a quarter of an hour's work, and by a skilled person, we are driven to the deduction that the mutilation was the object, and the theft of the rings was only a thin-veiled blind, an attempt to prevent the real intention being discovered. Had not the medical examination been of a thorough and searching character, it might easily have been left unnoticed. Coroner Wynn-Baxter, inquest into death of Annie Chapman
77,612. And then the final thing on the list two imitation gold rings – value $3 – identical to the two that were wrenched from Annie Chapman’s fingers during the Whitechapel murders. Paul Gainey, co-author Jack the Ripper – First American Serial Killer
77,613. Tumblety is in the City: He Arrived Sunday Under a False Name From France. US press report
77,614. 11 p.m. on April 23rd 1891 Carrie Brown took a customer back to a seedy hotel that once stood on this corner ... According to the autopsy the murderer had a three-stage method: strangulation, ripping open the body and bizarrely scattering the internal organs on the bed ... Could Jack the Ripper have come to New York City? Jack the Ripper in America
77,615. Jack didn’t write the letter after the murder of Carrie Brown but before. ibid.
77,616. Jack got bolder: the original autopsy photos show the horrific violence to fourth victim Catherine Eddowes. Jack ripped her open and took a kidney. Just days later a chilling letter was delivered to the police addressed from hell. With it a human kidney infected with the same rare disease diagnosed in Catherine Eddowes. ibid.
77,617. After a ten-week killing spree was this gory conclusion. Then the notorious killer vanished. Three years later another prostitute was mutilated in her bed. This time it was in New York. ibid.
77,618. Klosowski, the Whitechapel barber who murdered his three wives – he was in New York when Carrie Brown was killed. Francis Tumblety, an American arrested on suspicion of the London murders, he jumped bail and headed for New York. James Kelly, a convicted killer, escaped from the Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum outside London just before the Ripper killings. There are now three suspects. ibid.