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Who was Jack the Ripper? Show more Show less
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Jack the Ripper was one of the most notorious serial killers in history. In 1888, the Ripper was suspected of brutally killing at least five women in and around the Whitechapel district in the East End of London. The Ripper killings were the focus of an intensive police investigation and garnered enormous attention from the public and media, but the case went unsolved, and the identity of the Ripper remains a subject of widespread debate over a century later. So who was Jack the Ripper? Was he one of the contemporaneous suspects, or one revealed by historical and scientific research? Was he even a man - or, for that matter, was he real at all?

Montague John Druitt Show more Show less

Druitt was a leading suspect in the Ripper case, and his suicide in 1888 coincided with the end of the Ripper's murders.
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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.

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