The Jack the Ripper Suspects

Persons Cited by Investigators and Theorists

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About the Book

The legendary Jack the Ripper murdered as many as ten women between the years of 1887 and 1891 in the East End of London. The debate over his true identity has never been resolved. This unbiased history of the various suspects, including two women, will give any reader a grounding on which to make an informed decision on the identity. Suspects include influential artist Walter Sickert, children’s author Lewis Carroll, Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill (father of Winston Churchill), and others ranging from doctors and politicians to wandering lunatics.
The encyclopedic entries provide such features as major events and other biographical data in a suspect’s life, a complete case chronology for particular suspects, and an analysis of the theories. The entries describe the research and reasons that have contributed to the suspect’s positive or negative candidacy as a viable suspect. Within these pages may lie the true Jack the Ripper—the author places all the available facts before the reader.

About the Author(s)

Author and screenwriter Stan Russo lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Stan Russo
Foreword by Christopher-Michael DiGrazia
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 190
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6624-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1066-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Christopher-Michael DiGrazia      1
Preface      5
Introduction      7

Frederico Albericci      11
Albert Victor Christian Edward of Saxe-Coburg, Duke of Clarence      12
Robert Anderson      20
Thomas Barnardo      22
Daniel Barnett      23
Joseph Barnett      25
Edward Buchan      32
William Henry Bury      33
Lewis Carroll      36
Dr. Frederick R. Chapman      38
Frederick Nicholas Charrington      39
George Charles Spencer Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough      41
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill      42
David Cohen      44
Claude Conder      46
John Courtenay      48
Dr. Thomas Neill Cream      49
Thomas Hayne Cutbush      50
Dr. Morgan Davies      52
Frederick Bailey Deeming      53
Ernest Dowson      55
Montague John Druitt      57
Frank Edwards      71
Henry James Fitzroy, Earl of Euston      72
Joseph Fleming      73
Fogelma, the Norwegian sailor      74
John George Gibson      75
George Robert Gissing      77
William Grant Grainger      79
Dr. William Gull      80
Dr. John Hewitt      84
George Hutchinson      85
“Jill the Ripper”      88
Nathan Kaminsky      89
James Kelly      90
Severin Klosowski      93
Vassily Konovalov      97
Aaron Kosminski      101
Leopold II (Louis Phillippe Marie Victor), King of Belgium      107
Alonzo Maduro      108
James Maybrick      109
John McCarthy      115
“Dr. Merchant”      117
Frank Miles      118
Morford      119
“Mr. Moring”      120
John Netley      120
Mikhael Ostrog      122
Dr. Alexander Pedachenko      125
Portuguese Cattlemen      128
Oswald Puckridge      129
Francis Charles Hastings Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford      130
George William Francis Sackville Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford      131
Dr. Jon William Sanders      131
John William Smith Sanders      132
Walter Sickert      133
Clarence Simm      140
G. Wentworth Bell Smith      141
Henry Arthur George Somerset      142
“Dr. Stanley”      143
James Kenneth Stephen      144
Robert Donston Stephenson      151
Algernon Charles Swinburne      158
Alois Szemeredy      159
Olga Tchkersoff      161
Dr. William E. Thomas      161
Francis Thompson      162
Francis Tumblety      164
Charles Warren      169
Nicolai Wassili      173
Dr. William Wynn Wescott      174

Index      177

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “excellent”—Ripperologist
  • “very much up-to-date…fresh and informative…helpful mini-bibliography is offered at the end of each suspect review…Russo is not shy…commendable…a very enjoyable read…quite useful”—Casebook: Jack the Ripper