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  • It's getting to that time in the night where nobody is out on the streets unless they're

  • either up to no good or on their way home.

  • But here you are, standing in the streets of London's East End, shivering from the

  • cold.

  • No self-respecting young lady would be doing thisbut you're not a self-respecting

  • young lady by most people's standards.

  • You're a lady of the night, forced to make a living by selling your body to strange men.

  • It's a dangerous career at the best of times, putting yourself at the mercy of strangers

  • night after night.

  • But now things are more perilous than ever thanks to the notorious Jack the Ripper, a

  • killer who mutilates the bodies of his victims in gruesome ways.

  • He's responsible for the deaths of at least four other young prostitutes in the area,

  • but still hasn't been caught.

  • Society turns a blind eye when the victims are women like you.

  • That's when you hear the clunky noise of footsteps behind you.

  • It's that time again.

  • You take a deep breath and brace yourself to turn around and approach him as seductively

  • as you can.

  • Hopefully he's a nice one

  • But instead of seeing a regular sleazy gentleman looking for some fun, in front of you stands

  • an insane-looking figure with a blade in his hand.

  • You try to run, but he's faster and pulls you to the ground.

  • And the last thing you ever see is an ugly face grinning at you manically.

  • But who is he?

  • Jack the Ripper was an infamous criminal who went on a murder spree in 1888.

  • His numerous victims were all female prostitutes from the Whitechapel district of London's

  • East End, a poor and crime-ridden area.

  • And he didn't just kill his victimshe mutilated their bodies, removed their internal

  • organs, and left them behind in alleyways.

  • But despite his high profile, little is known about Jack the Ripper, and historians still

  • don't agree on his identity.

  • Although he sent numerous letters directly to the London Metropolitan Police taunting

  • them about what he'd do next, they never could figure out who he was, and his killing

  • spree seemed to come to an end before they could find him.

  • The mystery has spurred plenty of speculation.

  • There have been over 500 suspects, from all walks of life.

  • But one of the most surprising people implicated is Prince Albert Victorthe grandson of

  • Queen Victoria herself, the monarch of England at the time.

  • Could an heir to the throne really be responsible for such heinous crimes?

  • It might sound ridiculous, but if the rumors going around about the Prince at the time

  • are true, he may have had some dirty secrets he needed to cover up

  • The stories about Prince Albert Victor certainly paint him as an interesting character.

  • Some say he struggled in school, was deaf, or had a learning disability.

  • But most juicy of all is the allegation he was gay, which was a pretty big deal back

  • in the nineteenth centurynot least because it was illegal.

  • He never married either, but more on that later.

  • In 1889, police closed down a male brothel in London and allegedly discovered one of

  • the clients had a connection to the young Prince.

  • There was another strange rumor that he caught syphilis from a prostitute in the West Indies,

  • which brings us to the first theory about Prince Albert being Jack the Ripper.

  • After catching syphilis, the disease was said to spread to his brain and make him insane.

  • Since a prostitute had given him the infection that was ruining his life, he became determined

  • to seek his revenge on all prostitutes in the world.

  • And thus, Jack the Ripper was born.

  • Unfortunately, there are two major reasons why this theory probably isn't true.

  • Firstly, there's no evidence he actually did have syphilis, or even went to a brothel.

  • Secondly, he wasn't even in London when the Jack the Ripper murders were happening.

  • The Royal Family kept excellent records of the activities of its members even back then,

  • and the documents prove Albert was traveling outside of London at the time.

  • Of course, they would say that, wouldn't they?

  • But if you're not quite convinced, there's another major theory regarding the involvement

  • of the Prince in the Jack the Ripper killings

  • Remember how I said Albert never married?

  • Well, rumor has it he fell in love with a young shop girl by the name of Annie Crook.

  • Knowing his family would never approve of him marrying a commoner like her, they married

  • in secret and even had a child.

  • But one day, the Royal Family found out.

  • The Queen and other major royals were horrified at the scandal and knew they'd have to go

  • the extra mile to put things right.

  • So, they did what any loving family who wanted the best for their child would do.

  • They hired agents to dispose of the wife, the baby, and anyone else who got in the way.

  • One day, agents raided the house of Annie Crook and her daughter.

  • A doctor took Annie to a mental institution and brutalized her to the point where she

  • forgot the whole incident had even taken place.

  • She was certified as insane and locked away forever.

  • But Annie and Albert's daughter, Alice Crook, wasn't with her at the time of the raid

  • she'd been left with a good friend of her mother, who just so happened to be a prostitute.

  • Nobody knew where young Alice Crook was, but the friend who was looking after her decided

  • for some reason that the best thing to do in that situation was to blackmail the government.

  • Stick it to the man, you commoner with zero connections or money!

  • I'm sure the amazing justice system will work in your favor!

  • As a result, the Royal authorities took things one step further and killed both the friend

  • herself and her friends, in case they decided to try anything.

  • Jack the Ripper was simply a clever cover-up to explain the killings to the public.

  • So, in this version Prince Albert wasn't committing the murders himselfhe was

  • just directly responsible for everyone else being killed.

  • If you've been keeping up, you're probably wondering what happened to the daughter, Alice

  • Crook.

  • Was she murdered too?

  • Nothe doctor Sir William Gull took her into his custody and cared for her, so she

  • eventually grew up to live a normal life and lived happily ever after.

  • Oh no, waitit didn't go quite like that.

  • One day, a man came out claiming to be the grandson of Alice Crook, making him the great-grandson

  • of Prince Albert.

  • And this is where it gets weirdhe claimed his grandfather was the doctor who declared

  • Annie Crook as clinically insane.

  • Kind of messed up, but okay.

  • There's some evidence this could plausibly be true.

  • We know Annie Crook was a real woman who ended up getting institutionalized, and a clairvoyant

  • gave a description of Jack the Ripper similar to that of the doctor who played a key role

  • in this all.

  • But that's about it.

  • Let's be honest now, it's not exactly the strongest evidence.

  • Besides, there are some serious reasons to doubt this story.

  • There's no proof the women murdered actually had any link to Prince Albert Victor.

  • Besides, the man who leaked the story about Alice Crook being his grandmother ended up

  • admitting the whole thing was a hoax later down the line.

  • Well, thank god about that, because it would be really weird if she actually had a child

  • with that creepy doctor.

  • But it raises the questionwho was Jack the Ripper?

  • One of the major suspects is a Victorian painter called Walter Sickert.

  • The evidence implicating him is basically his own art.

  • He made some weird stuff, like creepy paintings of women that looked like autopsies of victims,

  • and he even named one of his paintings 'Jack the Ripper's bedroom.'

  • An American crime novelist became convinced he was the real Jack the Ripper and tried

  • to prove the case.

  • And guess who just so happened to be one of his models?

  • It was only Annie Crook, the supposed romantic interest of Prince Albert Victor himself!

  • This is where things get pretty confusing.

  • But if you thought that was strange enough, wait until you hear the next suspect: Lewis

  • Carroll.

  • Yep, Lewis Carroll as in the author of Alice Wonderland and numerous other successful children's

  • books.

  • Why on earth would anyone suspect him?

  • Well, the evidence is certainly a bit of a… reach.

  • It seemed like someone out there really wanted him to be guilty, and managed to find some

  • anagrams in one of his children's books that were claimed to be subliminal messages

  • about Jack the Ripper.

  • And that's it.

  • A few hyper-forced anagrams.

  • I think I'll let Lewis off the case.

  • If, you're not quite sold, then here's another suspect: Dr Thomas Neill Cream.

  • Unlike the other guys, he actually admitted to being Jack the Ripper.

  • Unfortunately, he only uttered his confession when he was a few moments away from death

  • Dr Thomas Neill Cream was a physician sentenced to be hanged for an unrelated murder.

  • We don't know much about him, but his executioner claimed that the last words the doctor uttered

  • before dying were a confession he was Jack the Ripper.

  • Naturally, nobody had a chance to question him on it, and there's absolutely zero evidence

  • suggesting he might have been involved.

  • In fact, he was in prison for the time of all the murders.

  • So, was he the mastermind behind Jack the Ripper pulling all the strings behind prison

  • bars?

  • Or just the ultimate troll who wanted to inject some mayhem before dying?

  • Our penultimate suspect is Mary 'Jill the Ripper' Pearcey.

  • That's right, a womanhere at The Infographics Show we're not sexist, we know women can

  • kill people too!

  • Another convicted murderer, she was accused of murdering her lover's wife.

  • And why do people suspect her of being Jack the Ripper?

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyleas in, the author of the Sherlock Holmes bookssuggested

  • a woman could easily have been Jack the Ripper by pretending that she was a midwife who needed

  • to carry around bloody garments.

  • And I guess Mary fit the bill for him because she was the only convicted female murderer

  • at that time.

  • I mean, I'm not saying it's not true, but

  • Before you switch off, let me present to you the final suspect.

  • Somebody who many people actually suspect is Jack the Ripper, and for good reason: there's

  • some solid evidence to prove it.

  • A man called Aaron Kosminski arrived in England in 1881 after fleeing from Poland.

  • He lived in Mile End Old Town, close to the area where the Jack the Ripper carried out

  • his murderers.

  • We don't know much about Aaron, but he was one of the key suspects in investigations

  • at the time, and he eventually died in an asylum.

  • He certainly ticks a lot of boxes for a potential serial killer.

  • But the next part of the story doesn't start until more than one century later, when the

  • shawl of one of Jack the Ripper's victims was purchased at an auction in Suffolk in

  • 2007.

  • I'll stop right there, because you probably have a lot of questions.

  • How did the shawl turn up in the auction?

  • Well, it turns out that the acting Sergeant at the scene of the death did what any trained

  • professional would do when confronted with the only piece of forensic evidence in the

  • entire Jack the Ripper escalade.

  • He thought his wife would appreciate the gift and took it back for her.

  • Maybe it was their wedding anniversary and he hadn't had time to nip to the shop for

  • flowers

  • As you'd expect, his wife was horrified at the blood-stained shawl and never wore

  • it.

  • But still the item wasn't returned to the police stationinstead, it was passed

  • through the family for generations until it eventually showed up for the auction in 2007.

  • And then a man saw it for sale and thought it would make a nice present for his wife.

  • Nah, just kidding, the guy who won the bidding actually wanted to try and figure out who

  • Jack the Ripper was.

  • He went beast mode and hired his own personal molecular biology expert to help him figure

  • out who the DNA belonged to.

  • Of course, there were no samples of the suspects at the time, so it was never going to be an

  • easy task.

  • But pioneering techniques saw the use of genetic tests on the shawl to match samples to living

  • relatives of the subjects.

  • Three and a half years later, results showed that the DNA of a living relative of Kosminsk

  • were on the shawl.

  • Even better, tests studying the appearance of the DNA suggested the killer had brown

  • hair and eyesthis matched the one reliable witness statement the police had collected

  • of Jack the Ripper.

  • Well, at least the police managed to do something productive other than steal clothes from murdered

  • women.

  • In the eyes of the armchair detective who bought the shawl, the case had been solved.

  • Prince Albert, Lewis Carroll, and that weird painter weren't Jack the Ripper.

  • Aaron Kominski was.

  • Some have doubted his claims, saying the shawl has been touched by many people over the years

  • and can't be used reliably as evidence.

  • But all in all, it seems like a fair assumption.

  • The Royal Family might not have been behind the Jack the Ripper murders, but they're

  • still a strange bunch.

  • If you don't believe me, check out our videos about why growing up as a British Royal sucks

  • and when royal inbreeding went wrong.

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