As I have spent countless years enthralled in the Jack the Ripper cases, I have heard nearly very theory, which has come out. In my upcoming book, Dr. H. H. Holmes and the Whitechapel Ripper, I will delve into a few of these theories in depth. However, I would like to propose food for thought.
Recently author Patricia Cornwall, proposed renowned artist Walter Sickert as a suspect in the Ripper slayings. Sickert, lived in London during the Ripper killings in 1888, and the evidence the author stated would “close” the case, came in the form of Sickert’s obsession of the Ripper’s murders. There you have it! He was consumed by the inhumanity of it all, thus he was the Ripper according to Cornwell.
There is also the case of author James Tully who claims James Kelly, a native of London, a furniture technician, who was diagnosed as “clinically insane” (diagnosed in 1883 five years prior to the 1888 murders) was the culprit behind the gruesome butchery. Kelly did live in London, but that is as close as I believe that one comes. The Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard both agreed on two very significant points based on evidence. (1) “The murders appear to be conducted with the precision of an individual who has knowledge of a medical surgeon, unlike what you would find in an atlas of the human anatomy.” According to the case evidence investigators surmised, (2) “… Perhaps the culprit is an American.” I ask, could a clinically insane individual, a furniture technician, with no formal medical training, fake an American accent, and then deceive medical practitioners, investigators and historians over the past 125 years? Thought so! I agree, highly unlikely.
When you look beyond the luster and move the muck, the facts reflect a much clearer picture. That is what I will be doing in my book. I will also be assessing dozens of would-be Ripper claims in Dr. H. H. Holmes and the Whitechapel Ripper. Until then…