jueves, 28 de junio de 2012
JACK THE RIPPER
What sort of person was it that could move about at night without the suspicion of his own household or of other people that he might have met? Who could walk through the streets in blood stained clothing without arousing too much comment? Who would have had the elementary knowledge and skill to have committed the mutilations? At first glance, the solution would seem to be a policeman, or somebody wearing a police uniform. However, the right answer could be a woman. Unless is what a English author, John Morris, is claiming that after some research, he believes that the notorious but unsolved Whitechapel murders were committed by a woman named Lizzie Williams. Mrs Williams was a suspect buy ignored by the police. Its not the first one to claim that Jack was a woman. Actually William Stewart choice was such a woman who had been a midwife. Anyway, a woman would have had the theoretical knowledge for committing the mutilations. She could have moved about the streets at night without arousing suspicion, and she would have had the confidence of her victims.
John Morris says the wife of royal physician Sir John Williams, who ran abortion clinics in London East End, butchered five prostitutes because she could no have children. He argues he sifted through thousands of documents to find clues that prove Elizabeth Williams, from Wales, was the murderer. The hand of a woman highlight claims females clothes were found near the bodies. There is no doubt it was a woman but because everyone believes it was a man, evidence has been ignored.
I was thinking about that possibility through the streets of London when the crimes were committed. I recalled the personal items were laid out at the victim Annie Chapman in a typically feminine manner. I also recalled the three small buttons from a woman’s boot were found in blood near victim Catherine Eddowes. The husky voice of our guide said we were on the spot where Mary Kelly was murdered on the morning of 9 November 1888. Kelly landlord John McCarthy sent his assistant, ex soldier Thomas Bowyer, to collect the rent. Kelly was six weeks behind her payments, owing 29 shillings. Shortly after 10:45 a.m. Bowyer knocked on her door but received no response. He reached through the crack in the window, pushed aside a coat being used as a curtain and peered inside- discovering Kelly’s horribly mutilated corpse lying on the bed. Remnants of women’s clothing including a cape, skirt and hat, were found in the ashes of Mary Kelly’s face which did not belong to the victim. Kelly was known as Fair Emma for the colour of her hair. When drunk, Kelly would be heard singing Irish songs. Unfortunately, she found a horrible death in Whitechapel. Now an actress sang a song for us, a very old Irish tune and I felt sorry for Mary Kelly.
Maybe one day, we will find the real identity of the murderer, or maybe not. But one thing is for sure, nobody can stop the legend of Jack the Ripper. But in my case, nobody will stop the fascination I feel for Mary Kelly, the real reason of my participation in the tour.
Sergio Calle Llorens