Jacqueline The Ripper?

15 May

Was Jack the Ripper a woman? Did she kill out of rage over her own inability to have children or perhaps because one of the victims was having an affair with her husband? A new book, JACK THE RIPPER: THE HAND OF A WOMAN, by John Morris, postulates exactly that. It is his belief that the killer was Lizzie Williams (not to be confused with Lizzie Borden), wife of Sir John Williams, himself considered a suspect by many ripper experts.


Lizzie Williams

Obviously this crime remains unsolved and the theories are many but the one thing that is known is that during a 10 week period in 1888, Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Kelly all suffered horrible deaths at the hands of a very deranged individual.

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8 responses to “Jacqueline The Ripper?

  1. gkparker

    May 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    It would certainly explain why no serious suspects were found — no way they would have looked for a woman.


  2. lexcade

    May 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    …I kinda thought about that too. So much so that I was going to write a novel about it…


  3. Teresa Reasor

    May 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve read three books about the Ripper case. One by Donald Rumblelow a retired policeman in England, One by Patricia Cornwell, and another I can’t remember the name but it speculated that a seaman who came into port from Germany did it.
    It will never truly be solved but it’s one of those mysteries that keeps coming back to us And we’d all love to know who did it.

    It would be interesting if we knew more about the height and weight of the victims in relationship to Jacqueline. She looks rather diminutive. Do you think she’d be tall enough to slit someones throat from behind.?

    Teresa R.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      May 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Sure. Motivation makes up for a lot of physical inequities. Bundy wasn’t very big either. It’s the old adage: Never fight a crazy person.


  4. vbhtenery

    May 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I find it difficult to believe for a couple of reasons. 1) I’ve read that the killer seemed to have knowledge of human anatomy, and many thought the killer was a doctor. 2) these women were killed in the very worst part of London and an aristrocrat, especially a woman, would hardly go alone into the slums and she would stand out like a sore thumb if she did. 3) It wasn’t a woman’s type of crime. JMHO


  5. Frank Karl

    May 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The problem with all these solving–old-crime books it’s very hard to discover truly new evidence. All the victims, suspects, relatives, contemporaries are gone, bodies destroyed, information lost. Any DNA is degraded, fingerprints, even if preserved are useless, eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable, time lines laughable, motives guessable.

    Even if you find traceable personal documents, (journals or diaries), deathbed confessions, doctors notes, grisly remains hidden away there remains an ocean of doubt remains of the connections and veracity.

    Prove that Sir John Williams contracted a STD from one of the working girls, show he transmitted it to Lizzie and link all three by means of DNA testing. Put that into context of society at that time and introduces information of bacterial/virus genetic drift so you can show the value of the connection. Well, now you’ve got a story. And I mean show, not just develop a hypothesis.

    In my opinion, they may make for great reading (a noble goal in itself) but they belong in the category of historic fiction.

    stay safe………….


  6. Jodie Renner

    May 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm




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