2 September 1895
Jack the Ripper Said to Be In An English Asylum
WEAK MEDICAL STUDENT
New York, Sept. 2.
Dr. Forbes Winslow of London, a well known specialist on suicide and insanity, says that Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London a few years ago, is incarcerated in a lunatic asylum in England. Dr. Winslow says this fact is known to the doctors, but they hushed up the facts. The doctor says the criminal is a medical student suffering from suicidal mania.
Dr. Winslow is in New York to attend the medico-legal congress, which will be held September 4, 5 and 6. He will be chairman of the department of insanity and mental medicine and has prepared a paper on suicide, considered as a mental epidemic. The story told by Dr. Winslow is as follows:-
'"Jack the Ripper" was a medical student of good family. He was a young man of slight build, with light hair and blue eyes. He studied very hard, and his mind, being naturally weak, gave way. He became a religious enthusiast and attended early service every morning at St. Paul's.
'His religious fervor resulted in homicidal mania toward the women of the street and impelled him to murder them. He lodged with a man whom I know, and suspicion was first directed toward him by reason of the fact that he returned to his lodgings at unseasonable hours; that he had innumerable coats and hats stained with blood.
'I have in my possession a pair of Canadian moccasins stained with blood that the "Ripper" wore while on his murderous expeditions. I notified the Scotland Yard authorities, but at that they refused to co-operate with me. Subsequently the young man was placed in confinement and removed to an asylum where he is today. Since his incarceration there has been no repetition of the horrible murders that he perpetrated.
'These facts are all known to the English authorities, and it is conceded that the man now in the asylum is "Jack the Ripper." It was deemed desirable, however, to hush the matter up. The details were too horrible to be made the subject of a public trial, and there was no doubt of the man's hopeless insanity.'