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Old 08-04-2008, 01:09 AM
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Question Jill The Ripper Theories

Does anyone believe Jack The Ripper was a woman and if so, what good cases have you got to put forward? I would love to hear your opinions as the theory has always intriuged me....
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:13 AM
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Hi Uncle Jack,

The main theory about "Jill the Ripper" is that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
He once suggested that an insane midwife might have been responsible for the killings. But he did not go into great detail. I believe he mentions it in his autobiography MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES.

So far the lead "female" candidate (and a weak one) is the murderess Mary Eleanor Pearcey (actually Mary Eleanor Wheeler) (hanged in 1890). Mrs. Pearcey had a confrontation with her successful rival Phoebe Hogg in Pearcey's home in St. Johns Wood (which is still standing), and bloodily blugeoned Phoebe to death. She wheeled Phoebe's dead body in the perambulator that Phoebe's baby was in (thus suffocating the baby as well), from her home to Hampstead Heath, where she dumped the cargo and perambulator. At the time that the crime broke, before the newspapers learned it was based on jealousy between the women over Mr. Frank Hogg, the state of Phoebe's body, and its being left out in public, made some newspapers compare it to the Ripper murders of a few months earlier. However, there were no other murders of her own linked to Mary Pearcey
(her father, Thomas Wheeler, was hanged for a burglary murder in 1880 - a rather unique father/daughter joint fate there). As I said she is the lead candidate for "Jill the Ripper" but a weak one.

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Old 08-04-2008, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for that Jeff

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Old 08-04-2008, 11:50 AM
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I'm sure I read somewhere that there was a theory that Jill the Ripper was a midwife who could get away with being bloodstained by saying she'd just delivered a baby. Apparently she'd bungled an abortion and so she killed the woman involved, abortions being illegal at the time. Five times in a couple of months.
Seems a bit of an extreme way to cover yourself, doesn't it?
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I'm sure I read somewhere that there was a theory that Jill the Ripper was a midwife who could get away with being bloodstained by saying she'd just delivered a baby. Apparently she'd bungled an abortion and so she killed the woman involved, abortions being illegal at the time. Five times in a couple of months.
Seems a bit of an extreme way to cover yourself, doesn't it?
Think that idea was promoted by an ex-copper in a newspaper series?
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:35 PM
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A mid wife theory was brought up on the rippercast when Debs came on to discuss the torso murders. One of the torso's was found with some sort of plug inserted in the rectum, a practice often associated with abortions during the period apparently.
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I do not put much stock in the Jill the Ripper theory and I think most ripperologists don't. But I would love to hear a Rippercast talking about the theory and its history.
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Good idea. I'll work on it.

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Good idea. I'll work on it.

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Old 07-31-2009, 01:08 AM
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Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde had Jill the Ripper. Wonderful pseudo-Victorian look and atmosphere and Miss Hyde the Ripper is wonderful monster. Otherwise unbelievable.
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