Saturday, 19 May 2012

Jack the Ripper - A Woman?

New evidence has been uncovered to suggest that Jack the Ripper may have been a woman. John Morris, author of a new book entitled Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman, argues that the real 'Jack' (who killed at least five prostitutes in 1888) was Lizzie Williams.  Married to physician Sir John Williams (a suspect himself) Lizzie is thought to have killed the women in a jealous rage because she was unable to have children. The murderer had to have medical knowledge, and Lizzie would have been well schooled in anatomy because of husband. Most of the women were mutilated, three of whom had their uteruses ripped out, but there was no evidence that they had been raped. The last victim, Mary Kelly, was 'seen' hours after her death, and some historians have suggested that this was the murderer fleeing the scene in Kelly's clothes. Women's clothing not belonging to the victims was also found near the bodies.

The plot thickens...

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