– Royal Masonic conspiracy

Most famously put forward in the book Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution by Stephen Knight.  While it makes for a fascinating and entertaining read, there is absolutely nothing to connect any of the named suspects in the conspiracy (Gull, Netley and Sickert, as well as a host of others) to the murders.  It’s a patently absurd notion that people of the highest standing would call upon a group of men to kill a bunch of downtrodden whores, simply because they were supposed to be blackmailing the government.  Aside from the lack of evidence to support any blackmailing or that the five murdered women knew one another, why kill these women in such brutal, frenzied attacks?  Surely, with the wealth, power and means of the people involved, they could have quietly silenced the blackmailers without drawing so much attention.  After all, wasn’t that the whole point – to stop these women from telling anyone what they knew?  All that rubbish about Masonic revenge, killing these women in such a fashion as to give a message not to mess with the government and the Freemasons: what’s the point if no one except Freemasons knew about this supposed Masonic law of killing traitors in such barbaric fashion?  Also, all evidence points to the fact that these women were killed where they were found, so this idea they were lured into a coach and then killed, is completely contradictory to the forensic evidence (and if they did kill in their coach and then dump the bodies, why go to all the trouble of dumping Annie Chapman’s body in a backyard which you had to walk through a narrow corridor to reach; why not simply dump the body outside of 29 Hanbury Street, and then ride off?  And if they did carry the mutilated body down the corridor, where was the trail of blood leading from the street to the backyard?).  On top of everything else, not one of the witnesses ever mentioned hearing the sound of horses or a coach around the time of the murders.  All witnesses who claimed to have seen the victims shortly before they were found murdered said they saw a lone man; no coach nearby.

So without any evidence to support the conspiracy claim, and all known evidence running contrary to the story, then it’s safe to say that this theory is as likely as some story concocted by H.G. Wells.

Candidacy of the Royal Masonic conspiracy: * (out of 5)

Published on November 7, 2010 at 11:13 am  Leave a Comment  

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