Jack The Ripper was a popular singer songwriter who was protected by the police in the Freemasons who sabotaged evidence so he could avoid capture, a new book claims.
The explosive new theory comes from Bruce Robinson, the author of Withnail and I, who has spent 15 years on the mystery that has plagued historians since the five victims were killed in 1888.
He claims he is now almost certain that the killer was Michael Maybrick, a popular singer of the time, who was ‘protected by servants of the Victorian state’.
Robinson, the author of Withnail and I, said a strange fact of the case led him to believe that the police were deliberately trying to protect the killer, reports The Telegraph.
Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were found dead on September 30, 1888, within hours of each other, the third and fourth victims within four weeks. Charles Warren was called to the scene to inspect some graffiti on nearby Goulston Street, near where a bloodied apron belonging to Eddowes had been found. It read: ‘The Juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing,’ which Warren ordered to be immediately washed off the wall – widely accepted as an attempt to avoid an anti-Semitic riot.
Robinson said the strange act was ‘a ligtbulb moment’ in what eventually turned into a 15-year investigation, leading to 800-page book They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper.
Robinson said: ‘We’ve got this rampaging maniac in the East End, but it suddenly occurred to me – what if they didn’t want to catch him? Is there any mileage there? Let’s go down that street.’
He claims that both Warren and Maybrick, who he believes was the killer, were members of the Freemason Society.
WHAT MADE ROBINSON BELIEVE THAT MAYBRICK WAS JACK THE RIPPER
Michael Maybrick is the brother of James Maybrick, who allegedly wrote a diary confessing to the murders – eventually dismissed as a hoax. James was himself murdered by is wife in 1889.
Robinson read the diary, which he though strange because it was written in three acts, and eventually came to the conclusion it was written by his brother.
Michael was a well-known singer and composer who has now been largely forgotten – which Robinson thinks is no accident.
One of his pieces, Nancy Lee, sold 100,000 copies of sheet music in two years. Another was named They All Love Jack. He also wrote The Holy City, which has been recorded by Vera Lynn and Charlotte Church.
Both James and brother Michael were known to be members of Masonic lodges. Michael was a member of six lodges, one of which included The Prince Of Wales within its membership.
Robinson analyses a number of letters, dismissed by some Ripperologists because of variations in the handwriting. But Robinson believes them to be genuine, and found a correlation between the postmarks and Maybrick’s travels.
Some of the letters purporting to be from the killer were written on the same day from different locations, and Robinson asked himself what kind of person might travel so far.
That’s when he investigated whether Maybrick, a bachelor who he believes is a psychopath who hated women, was on tour.
The author originally thought it would take year to research and another year to write when he took on the challenge, but was almost defeated by the sheer weight of evidence he ended up analysing.
He said that he almost gave up on the quest, feeling he couldn’t face another day with the ‘repugnant man and his repugnant protectors,’ when he was 500 pages in.
We’ve got this rampaging maniac in the East End, but it suddenly occurred to me – what if they didn’t want to catch him?
Mr Robinson persevered but admits that after 15 years, even if the book sells well, it will never make back what has been invested in it.
However, he feels almost certain that Michael Maybrick is the notorious killer, and thinks that even the many prominent researchers in the field that has become known as ‘Ripperology’ could not pick apart his theory.
Maybrick had been put forward as a suspect in the past, but Robinson feels his is the most convincing argument, and that the prominent composer and singer, who wrote a number of religious songs, was in fact the killer.
He plots his journey around the country and compares it to postmarks allegedly written by The Ripper to reinforce the theory.