Of all the serial murder cases I have studied, I think that perhaps the one that I most obsess over is the Jack the Ripper one. I have studied this case from many angles and have come to the conclusion that the reason the case seems so mindboggling and was not solved is because there are overcomplications where things are simple and simpleness where things are complicated. What does that mean? Well, I believe that there is much confusion to many about an offender who could have the levels of disorganization involved in these offenses and yet have organized behaviors such as those involved in surgically extracting organs. In order to address this, it is necessary that one takes into consideration the times in which these offenses occurred. Having done so, I have come to the conclusion that the reason that there is such conflicting behavioral evidence is because the behaviors were not committed by the same person. It just seems to me that the logical explanation involves the following:
a. A disorganized killer (either mentally ill or perhaps intoxicated by some sort of psychotic state inducing drug) killed Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, and Catherine Edowwes definitely and possibly also killed Liz Stride.
b. The murder of Mary Kelly was not the same type of offense as the above listed murders. Mary Kelly’s murder was much more intimate, more involved, and reeks of a deeply rooted hatred born of love gone askew (e.g. someone with whom Mary had a quite lengthy relationship, not a stranger).
c. The organ removal involved in the Ripper killings I do believe was done by persons other than the murderer, either when the bodies were unattended or perhaps even at the morgue.
d. The majority of the so called “Ripper letters” were complete fabrications, some actually by reporters.
Those murders I consider of the offender known as Jack the Ripper
Polly Nichols, Annie Chapman, Liz Stride (this one I question but lean toward yes), and Catherine Eddowes.
Mary Ann Polly Nichols
DOB: 26 Aug 1845 (age at murder–43)
DOD: 31 Aug 1888 (Buck’s Row)
Appearance: Described as having dark brown hair, dark complexion, and either brown or grey eyes and missing several front teeth
Demographics: Female, prostitute, formerly married with 5 grown children, alcoholic, homeless most of the time with occasional stints in doss houses
Special notes: When speaking to others that night about getting the proper amount for her lodging, Polly made reference to her new bonnet and how it would help her get her needed funds 2. In late August, Polly is known to have moved to White House at 56 Flower and Dean Street
DOB: circa 1841 (age at murder–approx. 47)
DOD: 8 Sep 1888 (Hanbury St., Spitalfields)
Appearance: Described as having wavy dark brown hair, pale complexion, blue eyes, good teeth (but possibly missing some), stout
Demographics: Female, prostitute, formerly married with 3 grown children, alcoholic, homeless most of the time with occasional stints in doss houses,
Special notes: 1. The police surgeon’s (Dr George Bagster Phillips) description of the body in the inquest testimony suggests that it was posed. (“The left arm was placed across the left breast. The legs were drawn up, the feet resting on the ground, and the knees turned outwards.”) 2. Three brass rings known to have been worn on her middle finger were missing 3. Advanced lung and brain pathology, may have had syphillis 3. Likely strangled before throat cut 4. In the week before her death, Annie is known to have been living at Crossingham’s lodging house at 35 Dorset Street, Spitalfields because of her fight with another lodger at the lodging house the week before her murder
DOB: 27 November 1843 (age at murder–44)
DOD: 30 September 1888 (Berner St.)
Appearance: Described as having curly dark brown hair, pale complexion, and grey eyes, missing upper front teeth
Demographics: Female, prostitute, formerly married, professed to have had 9 children but apparently had none, alcoholic,
Special notes: At time of death known to be lodging at lodgehouse at 32 Flower and Dean Street, Spitalfields
DOB: 14 April 1842
DOD: 30 September 1888 (Mitre Square)
Appearance: Described as having dark auburn hair, hazel eyes,
Demographics: Female, prostitute, formerly married, three grown children, alcoholic,
Special notes: Known to have lodged at lodgehouse at 32 Flower and Dean Street, Spitalfields