The Prince, His Tutor and the Ripper

The Evidence Linking James Kenneth Stephen to the Whitechapel Murders


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About the Book

Of the many attempts to discover Jack the Ripper’s identity, few omit the name of James Kenneth Stephen, tutor to Queen Victoria’s eldest grandson, fondly known as Prince Eddy. While Stephen superficially fit the profile investigators established, was he really capable of the demented violence perpetrated by England’s most famous serial killer?

This volume takes an in-depth look at the life and experiences of James Kenneth Stephen, examining the relevant evidence and attempting to determine whether or not Stephen could actually have been involved in the Ripper murders. Delving into what little is known of Stephen’s early years, the work discusses his relationship with his mother and his family’s struggle with a hereditary mental illness. It follows him through his formative years at Eton, which he considered his true home and where he was introduced to the Greek notion of homosexuality. The work’s primary focus is Stephen’s relationship with Prince Eddy, who also became a suspect in the infamous London murders. The way in which Stephen’s life intertwined with those of Prince Eddy and Montague Druitt, another Ripper suspect, is examined in detail. Other incidents of the fateful fall of 1888 and Stephen’s final surrender to mental illness are also discussed. Appendices contain Stephen’s poetry and details regarding his family ancestry.

About the Author(s)

British writer Deborah McDonald lives in England.

Bibliographic Details

Deborah McDonald
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 33 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3018-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1691-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Foreword by Colin Wilson      1
Preface      7
Introduction      9

1. A Talented Family      13
2. Eton      20
3. Cambridge      39
4. Prince Eddy      51
5. Tutor and Pupil      61
6. Montague John Druitt      80
7. The Lipski Case      93
8. Eleanor Tennyson      99
9. The Whitechapel Murders      109
10. Prince Eddy in the Fall of ¡888      122
11. Stephen in the Fall of ¡888      127
12. The Mysterious Death of Montague Druitt      136
13. The Maybrick Trial      148
14. The Cleveland Street Scandal      156
15. A Royal Marriage?      166
16. Love and Loss      176
17. The Asylum      189
18. Too Late!      194
19. A Question of Motive      202

Appendix I: “The Littlego (Air Kaphoozelum)” by James Kenneth Stephen      207
Appendix II: The Ancestry of the Stephen Family      209
Chapter Notes      215
Bibliography      223
Index      229

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “excellent…highly recommended”—Whitechapel 1888
  • “a penetrating look at whether James Kenneth Stephen was the Ripper…well-researched biography…using sources such as his mother’s diary…a superbly researched biography…about one of the suspects”—News Shopper
  • “well written, well researched…impressive…the author offers us much new and fascinating information”—Ripper Notes