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Jack the Ripper is a gothic story of Victorian conspiracies, the supernatural, mystery societies and the police. Scotland backyard hunted a serial killer shrouded in politics because the mutilator of East finish prostitutes infused popular culture with demonic horror. This booklet makes use of historical assets and infrequent reliable studies to bare darkish and supernatural points of the Ripper case.

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By the time official case files were released during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the central document on credible police suspects, the Macnaghten Memorandum found in the late 1950s, had come to the forefront. Lacking further support or official documentation for its summary of the case, it was used with merged press reports to construct a patchwork of influential research precedents. The major published work on suspect Montague Druitt,60 for example, accepted White’s story and elements of Woodhall’s account to conclude that Jack the Ripper was an “Apostle,” a member of a clandestine Cambridge University mystical society.

These views indicate the level of proficiency in scientific criminal studies in the late Victorian period. They had likely informed both Bond and Macnaghten and, in turn, the official police reviews of medical evidence influenced further case studies. A letter to the editor of The British Medical Journal summed up the state of medical research available to police surgeons examining the crimes of Jack the Ripper. An eminent surgeon writes to us: “The crimes which have lately been committed in Whitechapel have given rise to many theories and speculations, prompted rather by a desire to account for them — that is to say, to find some motive for them than by any knowledge of the subject.

Over time, these conjectures have become as pervasive as the few substantial facts on the case. On October 25, 1888, Robert Anderson, on the authority of Sir Charles Warren, sent a request to a Scotland Yard Central Office police surgeon, Dr. Thomas Bond, to review the murders. ”18 Bond’s report was made on November 10, 1888, a day after he examined the Dorset Street crime scene and attended the autopsy of Mary Kelly. He also reviewed medical files on the previous victims. Bond went on to say that in his opinion the murderer was “subject to periodical attacks 2.

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