posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 09:48 PM
Like most of us here, I love a good mystery, and the less explainable the better. So I guess it's no surprise that I've done quite a bit of reading
on the Ripper case.
I don't believe the Masonic conspiracy, or any of the Royal conspiracies, for the simple reason that there's absolutely no evidence to place any of
these alleged suspects in Whitechapel at the time of one or more of the murders.
I don't believe it was Dr. Tumblety, because I don't think a killer with the mania evinced by the Ripper homicides would simply return to the States
and not take up his knife again.
I certainly don't think it was Kosminsky/David Cohen, who, being indigent and a foreigner, would never have been able to gain the trust of these
women at the height of the Whitechapel murders.
Nor do I think it was Walter Sickert, although I think he was probably a rather warped young man who certainly wanted to be part of the Ripper furor
going on around him and probably did write several of the "Ripper" letters.
But there are a couple of suspects that I keep in mind. One is a man named William Henry Bury. Bury fits the psychological profile the FBI
Behavioral Science Division put together on the Ripper - a white male in his 30s, who worked in the Whitechapel area as a sawdust hawker. He married
(and later murdered) a former prostitute, which of course ties him to the class of women the Ripper preyed upon. He murdered his wife following an
argument of some kind, strangling her and then cutting her abdomen open, although he did not remove organs and carry out the full range of mutilations
upon her that the Ripper victims suffered. He then stuffed the body into a trunk. When apprehended, he claimed that she was dead when he found her
and that he had stabbed her only after death while trying to fit her in the trunk. It is possible, however, that if he was the Ripper, he may have
stayed his own hand at the repeat of the classic mutilations because since it was his own wife, it would be seen as a clear connection to him. He is
said to have made a cryptic remark to the hangman, something to the effect of "I suppose you're very proud of yourself, getting the chance to hang
ME, aren't you?" Incidentally, the murder of Mrs. Bury and his subsequent execution was not long after the murder of Mary Kelley in November 1888.
Another possibility is Kelly's own live-in lover, Joe Barnett. He supposedly worked as a fish porter (gutting and cleaning fish, perhaps) and moved
in with Kelly, keeping her from prostitution. When he lost his job, she returned to the streets over his objections. Soon after, prostitutes started
dying. Witnesses indicated that Barnett would frequently spend what little money he had on newspapers so he could read the details of the crimes to
Mary and implore her not to go back out to the streets. Mary, seemingly intent on getting rid of Barnett once and for all, allowed another prostitute
to move in with her, and Barnett left in a huff, although he did continue to visit and give Mary money when he had any. Some speculate that
Barnett's main motive was to frighten Kelly off the streets (and out of the arms of other men) but, when that failed, he snapped and frightfully
mutilated her - removing her heart, perhaps the one thing he'd always wanted from her.