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  • #16
    I watched a show on the History Channel tonight on H. H. Holmes in which the great-great grandson made these Ripper claims. Here, the grandson stated that they have proof that he was a passenger on a boat which sailed to London in July of 1888. Can anyone confirm this? He also claims hand-writing experts match Holmes writing to both the Dear Boss Letter and the From Hell letter (LOL). And of course, the program also claims Holmes was so brilliant that he faked his own hanging and ultimately escaped justice...

    To play devil's advocate: He was a depraved serial killer, medically trained, who fits the modern artist's rendition of JTR (rather well), and made his money selling skeletons and organs of his victims to hospitals. So if he was in London, I would venture to say that he is a better suspect than Tumblety. As an aside, I also find him interesting because he employed numerous accomplices in Chicago. Of course he ultimately killed them and their children too, but maybe there is something to this Team Jack theory...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Barnaby View Post
      I watched a show on the History Channel tonight on H. H. Holmes in which the great-great grandson made these Ripper claims. Here, the grandson stated that they have proof that he was a passenger on a boat which sailed to London in July of 1888. Can anyone confirm this? He also claims hand-writing experts match Holmes writing to both the Dear Boss Letter and the From Hell letter (LOL). And of course, the program also claims Holmes was so brilliant that he faked his own hanging and ultimately escaped justice...

      To play devil's advocate: He was a depraved serial killer, medically trained, who fits the modern artist's rendition of JTR (rather well), and made his money selling skeletons and organs of his victims to hospitals. So if he was in London, I would venture to say that he is a better suspect than Tumblety. As an aside, I also find him interesting because he employed numerous accomplices in Chicago. Of course he ultimately killed them and their children too, but maybe there is something to this Team Jack theory...
      I saw the show on Holmes the other night with these claims his whereabouts were unknown during the Ripper murder spree (I didn't mean to make that sound like a fun time or something),

      But there is a lack of proof. I'd like to see some proof. That boat passage would be a good start, but I'm pretty skeptical on this one.

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      • #18
        oops, sorry forgot I'd already posted in this
        Last edited by curious; 09-04-2013, 04:36 PM.

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        • #19
          Holmes was his own kind of sicko. He was all about making money off his victims not revenge or hatred or anything that would make sense in Whitechapel in my opinion.

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          • #20
            Holmes was his own kind of sicko. He was all about making money off his victims not revenge or hatred or anything that would make sense in Whitechapel in my opinion. Whoever did these acts knew the police rounds. That's why Holmes & Tumbelty or any outsider don't work as the killer. And why I believe the only real letter sent was to Mishter Lusk. They were the biggest threat to the killer because they were unpredictable.Then disguised police and such explain the longer periods between killings. I also feel strongly that the dismemberment murders were the next escalation beyond Mary Kelly. Not fact but feeling

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Wickerman View Post
              H. H. Holmes as a Ripper suspect is another modern conjectural waste of time.

              From the summer of 1888 through to the summer of 1890 Holmes was obsessed with the design, construction & supervision over the contractors building his house of horrors in Chicago.
              At this point in Holmes's life this was his supreme focus. There is no room for speculating that he could or even would have left his pet project unsupervised to travel to London, England, for no related purpose.

              Regards, Jon S.
              Well put. Not to mention, the gg-son is in it for the money, but really, I think if your goal was to disprove the theory, Holmes' whereabouts were probably pretty well documented.
              Originally posted by Ginger View Post
              I don't think he could have been the Ripper, but Holmes is deeply impressive in his own right, like a Hammer movie come to life. I'm surprised his story's not better known.
              I've known about it since I was a kid. But, then, my grandfather was a newspaper reporter who had the crime beat at the Wichita Eagle for a long time, and he had a lot of true crime books, and collections of clippings. When we visited my grandparents, I used to pore over those books.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by RivkahChaya View Post
                Well put. Not to mention, the gg-son is in it for the money, but really, I think if your goal was to disprove the theory, Holmes' whereabouts were probably pretty well documented.

                I've known about it since I was a kid. But, then, my grandfather was a newspaper reporter who had the crime beat at the Wichita Eagle for a long time, and he had a lot of true crime books, and collections of clippings. When we visited my grandparents, I used to pore over those books.
                Wichita? Wasn't that where Wyatt Earp got his start?

                Mike
                huh?

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                • #23
                  Most commentators of the Holmes-Mudgett Case reject the notion of the Doctor as Jack. Mudgett did have medical credentials (from a school he attended in the 1870s-80s) but he was a swindler and he took the trouble of building that elaborate murder castle in Chicago in time for the 1893 World Columbian Exposition. He also killed men as well as women (he was tried for the murder of his partner Benjamin Pitezel) and children as well as adults. While he might have killed prostitutes, he'd have done it in some secretive place - not out in the open in Whitechapel.

                  The first person I know of who suggested Holmes could have been Jack the Ripper was the crime novelist Robert Bloch (of "Psycho" fame). In the 1970s he wrote a novel, "American Gothic" which had a fictional version of Holmes as the villain.

                  Jeff

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