Maybe it’s because I watch so much criminal minds,
Murder She Wrote, Columbo, CSI: NY, MIAMI, Vegas, and now Flashpoint when I’m into it: I love a good murder mystery. One of greatest murder mysteries of all time is that of Jack the Ripper. Numerous claims have been made as to the identity of the assailant; Lewis Carroll (author of Alice in Wonderland), James Kelly (man who is believed have murdered his wife, and also interesting because he turned himself into the police 40 years after the murders took place and claimed to be Jack the ripper.) More names include Walter Sickert (a person painted art pieces which in great detail correlates with the murder scenes.) But the trail runs cold for Sickert, as he’s known to have been in France during the times some of the murders took place.
Now new claims being made suggest that he is actually a she! The identity of Jack The Ripper is alleged to be female. The name of the newest suspect is Lizzie Williams, the wife of Doctor John Williams (a man also suspected of being Jack the Ripper.) Retired Irish lawyer John Morris claims that Jack is actually Jackie: Lizzie Williams. He claims Lizzie killed the prostitutes because she was angry over her own difficulty conceiving children.
It’s an interesting theory. We have a wealth of crimes that have occurred in modern times, that are classified crimes of passion. The criminal justice system has made room for these crimes, and sentences to provide for those found guilty. Perhaps Williams might believe that these women having sex for money (and some becoming pregnant quite easily) were not worthy of childbirth. Morris has certainly done his research: none of the prostitutes found slain had been sexually assaulted (just butchered violently…with great degree of overkill as police and other authorities have referred to the crime scenes.) Perhaps Lizzie Williams attacked these female bodies so violently that it became a way for her to attack her own body and it’s betrayal of her.
Morris also found that the personal items of Annie Chapman were laid at her feet in what is believed to be a feminine matter. This is one claim that I’m not really sure I can get on board with. I can’t imagine what can be seen as feminine about how a murderer laying their victims personal affects. In any case, Morris has more to say: three buttons from a woman’s boot were found near the body of another victim. In addition, a the cape, skirt, and hat were found in the fireplace ashes of the third victim Mary Kelly (wife of James Kelly mentioned above), and they didn’t belong to her. Morris also provides evidence that Lizzy Williams husband, Dr. John Williams was having an affair with Mary Kelly (the third victim.) A woman or person scorned angle I can get behind, because we’ve seen it all before. A women chopped off her husband’s penis, [caution graphic images and content at these links] another burned her husband’s penis with hot grease, another set her husband’s penis on fire, and the list of men and woman who have killed their spouse over extramarital affairs is too long to list. Dr. Williams also ran an abortion clinic. One can imagine the issues Williams grappled with, knowing her husband performed abortions for a living, and they themselves could not conceive. Lizzie Williams is also believed to have suffered a nervous breakdown soon after the murders took place. Of course, not many want to believe that such violent and ghastly crimes could have been committed by a woman.
What I want to know is,
thanks for making me think along these lines criminal minds, true crime investigative reports, has anyone thought that perhaps Dr. and Mrs Williams might have been working as a team? A team can in some cases be more difficult to discover, and who (especially in those times), would suspect a woman to be even capable of having any involvement in the brutal and terrorizing murders of other women? What if Lizzie lured the prostitutes with the promise of food, a doctors checkup, fresh clothing, a warm meal, and her husband came round the corner and helped her commit the gruesome crimes?
What do you think? Is it possible that Lizzie Williams committed all of these murders alone, with the help of her husband, or not at all?