Montague John Druitt
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Authorities believed Druitt was the Ripper
Widely circulated rumors and public statements by officials suggested that Druitt had been identified as Jack the Ripper by those in the know.
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One of the top investigators in the Ripper case, Assistant Chief Constable Sir Melville Macnaghten, named Druitt as a suspect in a private memorandum on February 23, 1894. Following Macnaghten's retirement in 1913, he claimed to know the exact identity of Jack the Ripper based on private information obtained from the Ripper's family. He was referring to Montague John Druitt. Comments by Henry Richard Farquharson, MP for West Dorset, and others including journalists and public officials from the Ripper's era indicated that the Ripper was the son of a surgeon and had committed suicide at the end of 1888. Druitt was the son of local Dorset surgeon and he committed suicide in December of 1888.