The Unexplained: Was Jack the Ripper a woman?

Lizzie Williams is the woman who some theorists believe was Jack the Ripper.

Why would she do such heinous crimes?  She was aiming for one main victim and the others were for practice and perfection.

Have you ever heard of a Lizzie Williams?  She doesn’t live now, but lived in the 1800s and was a British citizen in London.

Maybe you have heard of her husband, Sir John Williams.  He was a physician who sometimes tended the royal family.  In very private circles, he was also known to philander a bit.

Lizzie was born in Swansea in 1850 and was the daughter of a wealthy businessman, Richard Hughes.  Lizzie and John were married in 1872.  After a few years, Lizzie felt her marriage was loveless.

Her own years of infertility were driving her to despair.  Her husband wanted a child and an heir very badly.  Lizzie was convinced her husband was trying to find another woman to supply one.

There are several people, including one who has written a book on the subject, who believe Lizzie Williams was Jack the Ripper.  She had access to her husband’s surgical instruments and she had better knowledge of anatomy than most people of her era.  She also had access to plenty of medical books in her own home, right at her fingertips.

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Why would she do such heinous crimes?  She was aiming for one main victim and the others were for practice and perfection —that is one theory.  Her target was Mary Jane Kelly who she suspected had had at least one liaison with her husband.

In Lizzie’s mind, she was eradicating the women her husband found himself drawn to, and she was mutilating their reproductive organs in the process.

There was even a point in time when Lizzie confessed her crimes to her husband.  She had murdered the Canonical Five.

 John Williams was less than impressed with her odd confessions and packed her off to get rest and relaxation at facilities that provided such care.

Before Lizzie even came up as a suspect, Her husband John was offered up as a Ripper candidate—even by some of his descendants.  Their rather flimsy evidence points to the fact that the doctor’s private diaries are missing for the time period of the Ripper murders.

Others think the diaries are missing because the doctor recorded his suspicions about his wife during that time period.  Besides having a prestigious job as the royal physician, he also ran a shady abortion clinic in Whitechapel, the area of the Ripper murders.

A Ripperologist, John Morris, wrote his book about a female Jack the Ripper in 2005.  John, a retired lawyer who lives in Ireland, started considering the possibility after reading about the descendants of John Williams who were suggesting he could be Jack the Ripper.

Morris began doing research to prove the point.  Two tidbits I have never heard before were that three women’s shoe buttons were found in a puddle of blood at one of the crime scenes—evidence of a violent struggle?

Also, some women’s clothing was found burning in the fireplace of Mary Kelly, when her body was discovered—a cape, a skirt, and a hat.  They were not Mary’s.

The result of all of John’s research work is his book:  Jack the Ripper:  The Hand of a Woman.

Women were not ever seriously considered before because women are considered clean killers.  They prefer methods like drugging or poisoning.

Was Jack the Ripper a Woman? 

Who really was Jack the Ripper?


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