Tuesday 5 October 2010
Day 39 – Cracking The Case Of Jack The Ripper
A few years ago, back in London, we took the ‘Jack the Ripper’ walking tour, where you hear the tale and visit the spots where the murders took place back in 1888. Even though it was over a hundred years ago, it was disturbing that such ghastly murders really took place and that nobody was ever caught. Ever since then, Joe has been consumed with figuring out the ultimate whodunit case (these kind of obsessions of grandeur no longer surprise me, he’s also convinced one day he’ll be the one to crack the JFK murder…). He’s done enough unbiased research on the unsolved killings and watched about 100 shows on the subject, so he may know what he’s talking about; at least as much as anybody outside of a real aficionado or Scotland Yard employee can.
Almost all the experts, for at least the last 5 years, have finally agreed on the most probable suspect to the famous crime. They all seem to think that it was an unstable, eccentric, misogynistic, American doctor living in London at the time. A man named Francis Tumuelty (when he left London, the murderer never struck in Whitechapel again…). Joe saw a show on the History channel about him a few years ago and at first was sceptical, but by the end, suffice it to say, he was convinced too. We’ll never know for sure – but what we do know about Tumuelty is this: he’s buried in Rochester, NY. So, seeing as we were passing by, Joe just had to stop and say ‘Gotcha’! Case closed…probably.
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