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  • The People versus Jack the Ripper

    Event occurring this Saturday in Scotland:

    https://www.scottishartsclub.com/exh.../jacktheripper

    Hopefully, someone on Casebook will be able to attend this and give us a report.


    Was the last man hanged in Dundee actually Jack the Ripper? Investigative journalist Michael Mulford believes William Henry Bury was indeed the notorious Whitechapel serial murderer. Michael invites the entire audience to form a Jury then deliver their verdict.
    “When a major serial killer case is finally solved and all the paperwork completed, police are sometimes amazed at how obvious the killer was and how they were unable to see what was right before their noses.” —Robert D. Keppel and William J. Birnes, The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations

    William Bury, Victorian Murderer
    http://www.williambury.org

  • #2
    If he was the Ripper, then why didn't he confess to those murders too?!

    The Baron
    Last edited by The Baron; 02-28-2019, 05:23 PM.

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    • #3
      I would say Bury is a viable suspect, but more of a red herring than anything else.

      The whole chalk message deal has always seemed conspired to me. I was never to believe the real JTR would have written a chalk message reading, "Jack Ripper is at the back door" or "Jack Ripper is in this cellar." I doubt there is any proof to these messages even really being found in his flat. Most likely they are made up propaganda.

      Bury was definitely a sick man, and had major issues, but I doubt very strongly he was JTR. Maybe he looked up to JTR in some sick way, maybe he wanted to be a Copycat (with a very poor attempt I might add), or maybe he just wanted to kill his wife, and the papers, and locals, wanted JTR so bad, they thought they could attribute him to the killings.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by London1888 View Post
        I would say Bury is a viable suspect, but more of a red herring than anything else.

        The whole chalk message deal has always seemed conspired to me. I was never to believe the real JTR would have written a chalk message reading, "Jack Ripper is at the back door" or "Jack Ripper is in this cellar." I doubt there is any proof to these messages even really being found in his flat. Most likely they are made up propaganda.

        Bury was definitely a sick man, and had major issues, but I doubt very strongly he was JTR. Maybe he looked up to JTR in some sick way, maybe he wanted to be a Copycat (with a very poor attempt I might add), or maybe he just wanted to kill his wife, and the papers, and locals, wanted JTR so bad, they thought they could attribute him to the killings.
        Yes but the chalk messages on the back door were not written by JTR they were written by a member of the public most likely. Maybe JTR did not write chalk messages but maybe Bury didn't either.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Baron View Post
          If he was the Ripper, then why didn't he confess to those murders too?!

          The Baron
          Sorry for the late reply to this—

          No one knows the answer to that question except for Bury. James Berry, the man who executed Bury, wrote that Bury asked him “I suppose you think you are clever to hang me?” and “The man about to die laid particular emphasis on the last word he spoke. He talked as if he thought himself to be one who stood head and shoulders above every other criminal who had passed through my hands” (Stewart Evans, Executioner, p.307). From this interaction it sounds like Bury could have been ready to confess to his Whitechapel murders, and if he had been handled differently at the very end, he might well have done so.

          “When a major serial killer case is finally solved and all the paperwork completed, police are sometimes amazed at how obvious the killer was and how they were unable to see what was right before their noses.” —Robert D. Keppel and William J. Birnes, The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations

          William Bury, Victorian Murderer
          http://www.williambury.org

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