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Old 04-20-2011, 02:56 AM
The Bounder The Bounder is offline
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Question Mary Jane Kelly was Jack The Ripper

I know this is complete balderdash of course, but a relative who grew up in the area of the killings in the 1920's was adamant that 'everyone knew Mary Jane Kelly was the ripper', I've tried to research this suggestion as an interesting aside for a piece I've previously written and published on the net, but can't find anything on the suggestions origins. Can anybody tell me where this story might have started? Are there any contemporary news articles which voiced this theory, where did it start? Who first suggest this obviously crazy theory? Has anyone seriously suggest it before in any tomes I've missed?

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:29 AM
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Wow... Never heard that one before.

Maybe it comes as a result of the theory that Mary Kelly was not actually the Miller's Court body, crossed with the other theory that Jack the Ripper was a woman.
Put the two together and Hey Presto, new theory: Jack The Ripper WAS Mary Kelly.

I guess it's no more ridiculous than the Lewis Carol idea.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:09 AM
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Default Oh really...

Funnily enough I planned a trilogy of novels some years ago where MJK was the killer together with the person who egged her on. The title was "Jack and Jill" and the first chapter opened with this little ditty.

"Jack and Jill went up the hill
To do a bit of slaughter,
Jack slipped up and was nearly caught
Leaving Jill alone with her daughter”

The first volume was about the murders and the other two was about MJK and her daughter moving into the 20th century.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:05 AM
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Hi,
Intresting oral history, I actually sent a long article to the News of the world back in the 1970s, in which Kelly and Barnett were the murderous duo, ie, kelly leading the unsuspecting victims to a prearranged spot where Barnett would be waiting, and then on November 9th her own death was faked .
Pure tonque-in-cheek, and I received a rejection note[ much to my annoyance].
Around a year later I received a letter from a author and broadcaster [ who I had been writing to] stating that '' Great minds think alike'', and a book had been published' The Michelmas girls', with a very similar theme as mine, infact he sent me a copy.
Thats history now, but that suggestion would make a fascinating angle in some fog bound victorian scene , a sequel of ''From Hell'' perhaps...
Regards Richard.
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:12 AM
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Oh, God, please no. What with this and the quasi-intellectualism of the Fenian Mary research, I'm starting to feel like I want to drown myself in a still of gin. The 'great minds think alike' line you got, Richard, gave me right fits, I must say
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:46 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I seem to remember that there was a fiction novel written by someone who's name eludes me at the moment. But the theme was that Mary Kelly and the one time old Ripper favourite Pedachenko were the killers. It ended with Mary and Pendercheck butchering an unknown waif and stary in MIllars court and then disappearing in to the masses.

It was very atmospheric. A good book if you can suspend credibility.

If I can track it down I will let you have the title and aurthor.

Best wishes.
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Old 04-24-2011, 02:08 PM
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Hi Again,

I have just had a thought. Maybe Mary Kelly wasnt a woman at all. Maybe he was a transvestite called Marty Jim Kelly, and along with his partner Joesphine Barnett he went on a rage of revenge on the sex that he could not attain.

Best wishes.
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:31 PM
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I have just had a thought. Maybe Mary Kelly wasnt a woman at all. Maybe he was a transvestite called Marty Jim Kelly, and along with his partner Joesphine Barnett he went on a rage of revenge on the sex that he could not attain.
Hey, that's the best theory I've seen in years
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:50 PM
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Hello Claire. Why "quasi"?

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Old 04-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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Talking Kelly?

That's a new one! Given her nature when in her cups, she'd have been caught before she got topped. Though as a scenario for fiction it works she gets into a real knock down drag out row with Barnett and blurts out, "I'll swing for you like the others!" and he does her in to avoid that.
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