not an alien maniac
Nor yet a foreign tripper
I'm just your jolly, lively friend,
Yours truly - Jack the Ripper."
James Maybrick - Jack the Ripper
Date of Birth: 24 October 1838
Date of Death: 11 May 1889
Maybrick Family Grave
Anfield Cemetery - Liverpool, England
is buried here along with his parents, William and Susanna,
and younger brother, Edwin
Look out, look out,
Jack the Ripper's about! *
Michael Maybrick, aka, Stephen Adams
Profile of Michael Maybrick
Please read and sign. Thank you.
Petition for the Posthumous Pardon of Mrs. Florence Chandler Maybrick
There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that James Maybrick is Jack the Ripper. I have been following the saga of Jack the Ripper for thirty years and until now all that has been written is speculation. This is the ultimate British mystery! The intrigue which has captivated the minds of generations of people worldwide has provided unlimited entertainment as well as various avenues for amateur sleuths. People can't get enough! Theories are wonderful things but anyone who actually seeks the serious TRUTH and genuinely wants this case solved, this is the book which providesthe clear, cold, straight facts.
I read the original version of this book several years ago and this current, updated edition has revealed more evidence that James Maybrick's Diary is genuine. IT'S THE REAL DEAL! There are facts in the Diary which only the actual Ripper would have known. James Maybrick knew these facts and noted them in his Diary, therefore be assured James Maybrick is most definitely Jack the Ripper. I have re-read this book and each time another fact or two becomes apparent which only the Ripper would have known. There are innumerable people who absolutely refuse to believe that James Maybrick is Jack the Ripper. These people wouldn't believe James Maybrick if he told them so face to face. Why? They do NOT want The TRUTH. It is necessary to reiterate an earlier statement I made - Everyone loves a good British mystery and this one is the ultimate British mystery! There is another excellent reason for disbelieving that James Maybrick is Jack the Ripper. Acceptance of James Maybrick being Jack the Ripper would put an end to all the speculation, investigations, and intrigue as to the Ripper's identity, therefore the necessity of pursuing Jack via books, films, telly programmes, web sites, et al, would no longer exist. This means an end to this aspect of many people's livelihoods. The mystery of Jack the Ripper is Big Business! The violent, unsolved murders of Jack's victims is Big Money!
The case has been solved. It's time to allow the victims to Rest in Peace. It's time to permit James Maybrick to rest in peace. God has dealt with him. Neither Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catharine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly as well as other possible victims, nor James Maybrick himself had peace in their earthly lives, therefore it's time they did in their eternal lives. Florence Chandler Maybrick, James' wife, rightfully deserves to be included here. She, too, was a victim of her husband. He did not take her physical life but he did destroy her life. All of you, be now at peace. The women who were the victims of Jack the Ripper were real human beings. James Maybrick viciously slaughtered these women. Perhaps, the fact that these events occurred well over a century ago, causes them to seem unreal. Since the "Autumn of Terror" happened an extremely long time ago, and all those involved, directly or remotely, have long since passed on, enables the people and the events to take on fictional status. These murders were very real. The indescribable fear which gripped the minds, hearts, and souls of these women was brief but very, very real.
As for those who have said that there is vast amounts of money to be made from
the solution of the case, is that so? Ms. Harrison only wrote a couple of
books regarding the investigation of the Diary as well as the book I'm
discussing here including a revised edition with new facts that came to light,
and an updated edition which is to be published in the summer 2003. This
is not unusual. When new evidence becomes known on any case, the public
not only wants the facts but has a right to them. Of course, as to be
expected, there will be additional books written about James Maybrick's life,
Florence Maybrick's trial, etc., but nothing compared to the unlimited books,
films, television programmes, et al, which subject matter was pursuing and
solving the identity of Jack the Ripper. Now, Jack the Ripper has a face
and a name: James Maybrick. Now the Ripperologists, both novices and
experts, can pursue other venues. There are plenty of unsolved murders out
there to solve. The police would appreciate any assistance these authors
would provide in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The families of the
victims would certainly be extremely grateful for justice and closure.
There is still tonnes of money to be made in books, films, web sites,
documentaries, etc. To them I say, "Go for it. Jack the Ripper
James Maybrick is Jack the Ripper. Case closed!"
additional item I wish to mention here. Regarding the person or persons
who have been (falsely) accused of forging the Diary of Jack the Ripper or James
Maybrick, I'm certain that they are very nice and intelligent people, but to
weave all those details together as well as provide TRUE facts which were
previously unknown to the police and Ripperology experts, would require the
enormous intelligence of Albert Einstein and the flawless talent of Agatha
Christie. James Maybrick is Jack the Ripper.
It's time for the world to move on.
recreational drugs of Europeans were extraordinary to our modern thinking:
such things as arsenic, strychnine, and antimony.
These substances, and others, were widely used in the most unexpected ways. For example, ladies rubbed arsenic on their faces to make their skin white; they dropped belladonna into their eyes to dilate the pupils for a 'wide-eyed' look; men had their horses' coats brushed with antimony to make them glossy. Deadly poisons all, but easily obtained.
Arsenic was also used by some as a mind-altering drug, much as marijuana or cocaine is used today.
In small doses it gave the user a feeling of well-being, strength, and sexual staying power.
But arsenic was very much a drug of dependence. The user was forced to continue to ingest the substance in larger and larger quantities, both to obtain the effect, and also to stave off withdrawal symptoms. Dosages soon reached levels that would be immediately fatal to a non-user, yet to cease would bring on the terrible symptoms of acute arsenical poisoning. Inevitably, doses reached levels intolerable even to the experienced user's body, and physical deterioration and death ensued.
Concerning arsenic eating, Chambers Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Art, 1885 states,
'When a man has once begun to indulge in it he must continue to indulge; or, as it is popularly expressed, the last dose kills him. Indeed the arsenic eater must not only continue his indulgence,
he must also increase the quantity of the drug, so that it is extraordinarily difficult to stop the habit;
for, as the sudden cessation causes death, the gradual cessation produces such a terrible heart knowing that it may probably be said that no genuine arsenic eater ever ceased to eat arsenic while life lasted.'"
"The Hunt for Jack the Ripper"
by William D. Rubinstein
"History Today" Magazine - May 2000
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