Jack the Ripper May Have Had Royal Blood.
BY RODNEY PINDER.
Associated Press Staff Writer.
LONDON, Nov. 2. - Buckingham Palace, home of Queen Elizabeth II, said: "We have no comment."
Scotland Yard said: "It's rather a long time ago. We just don't know."
Everyone seemed to want to forget.
But Thomas Stowell, surgeon and respected author, is convinced he knows - and he's not telling, only hinting.
His hints have convinced many people that Jack the Ripper, among the most notorious murderers in English criminal history, was a member of the British royal family.
To be precise: Edward, Duke of Clarence, grandson of Queen Victoria, brother of King George V and once heir to the throne of England.
Died In 1892.
Edward officially died in 1892 "after a short illness." Some historians believe the duke was a homosexual and died in a mental hospital, crippled by syphilis.
It is possible, experts believe, that before he succumbed to the ravages of the disease he slaughtered at least five and probably 20 prostitutes in the grimy, foggy back streets of 19th century London, carving their bodies bestially with a razor-sharp knife.
The finger of suspicion was firmly laid on Edward this week by Stowell in The Criminologist, a limited circulation magazine for students of crime.
Jack the Ripper, whose murderous journeys through London's sleazy East End in the fall of 1888 baffled Scotland Yard - or appeared to - was, according to Stowell: "The heir to power and wealth. His family, for 50 years, had earned the love and admiration of large numbers of people by its devotion to public service. He was the heir to a title, his mother was a stern Victorian matriarch."
Friends of Stowell believe he is convinced the Ripper was Edward.
Gay Young Bachelor.
A prominent criminologist, who asked that his name be withheld, said: "There is no reason why this shouldn't be true. And Stowell is entirely reliable in what he writes. His evidence can be taken as gospel.
"It's the nearest we'll ever get to the truth. Stowell, after all, was almost there."
Stowell, now in his 80's, was a child when the murders were committed. He became friendly with the daughter of Sir William Gull, the royal physician of the period. Gull, he says, knew the man Stowell suspects of the crimes - and attempted to cover for him.
The suspect, said Stowell, was a gay young bachelor who contracted syphilis on a world tour. The infection gradually dominated his life. He was in a homosexual brothel when it was raided by police.
The hunt for the Ripper was called off because people knew he was in a mental home, Stowell asserts.
Author Colin Wilson, who wrote Encyclopaedia of Murder, said in an interview today: "Edward was a homosexual. He was arrested in a brothel raid and then was sent around the world by Victoria.
"There is some evidence that he died in a mental hospital between Ascot and Windsor in 1892, of syphilis. And he was in London at the time of the crimes.
"I don't think we'll ever know definitely who the Ripper was. I don't think police destroyed their records - as has been suggested - I just don't think they had any."
Wilson added Stowell feels "pretty strongly" about the royal family.
Stowell said in an interview today: "I have no comment whatsoever on the speculation about Edward.
"The secret of who I suspect will never be revealed by me. I've too much respect for the family."
The Sunday Times said bluntly his evidence meant Edward was the Ripper.
Had he any thought of revealing the name once the Ripper's relatives were dead? "I shan't live to see that time," he laughed.
"He has descendants - no, not descendants, an active co-related branch of the family - living. His brother succeeded to the title and had children.
Was he the only person with the secret? "I believe his family knew, Stowell replied. "But I shall never tell."
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tuesday November 3, 1970, Page 3
"Ripper" Author Didn't Intend to Implicate Duke.
London, England - UPI
The doctor whose magazine article touched off speculation that Jack the Ripper was the duke of Clarence said Monday he intended no such implication.
"I have at no time associated his royal highness, the late duke of Clarence, with the Whitechapel murderer or suggested that the murderer was of royal blood," Dr. Thomas E.A. Stowell, 88, said in a letter to the Times.
Stowell, an eminent author and physician, wrote in a criminologist magazine that Jack the Ripper was a young man of noble blood and heir to a title. He refused to name his suspect, saying he had too much affection for the suspect's family.
Stowell said he had been collecting evidence on the subject of the 19th century sex killer for 50 years.
Source: The Milwaukee Journal, November 9, 1970, Page 24
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