Guest Stephen Turner Posted July 10, 2007 Share Posted July 10, 2007 (edited) Abberline's contemporary opinion. "What does this story amount to? simply this. Soon after the last murder in Whitechapel the body of a young Doctor(sic) was found in the Thames, but there is nothing beyond the fact that he was found at that time to incriminate him. A report was made to the Home Office about the matter, but no further action was deemed neccessary." Abberline is incorrect in naming Druitt as a (student) Doctor, but his initials, MD, might have accounted for this confusion. Named in the McNaughten memoranda, this suspect was also known by journalist George Sims, both men suggested that Druitt had been the Whitechapel murderer. Druitt was educated at Winchester and Oxford, and was called to the Bar in 1882, he was found drowned on 1st December 1888. a verdict of suicide was returned by the Coroner's inquest. Druitt had been teaching at a School until late November when he was dismissed for a "serious offence" a train ticket found in his pocket suggests that he may have made his last journey on, or around the first of December. He left a message addressed to his Brother saying that " Since Friday" he felt that he was going to become like Mother, who had been commited to a London asylum in July of 1888. His maternal Grandmother had commited suicide, as would his Sister three years later. Druitt was obviously depressed, and may have haboured secrets about his sexual orientation (he may have been dismissed from the School for having a homosexual relationship) But, beyond McNaughton and Sims there is nothing to link him to any of the murders, in fact on several of the actual days he had been playing criket miles from London. IMO a highly unlikely suspect.here. Edited March 18, 2009 by Stephen Turner Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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