1 September 1895
From an article entitled:
He Is Hopelessly Insane, Says Dr. Forbes Winslow of London
CONFINED IN AN ENGLISH ASYLUM
Dr. Winslow related some of his experiences with insane patients, and the many times his life has been threatened. In this manner the conversation got around to Jack the Ripper, of whom the doctor said:
"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 knew, 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 now a pair of Canadian moccasins stained with blood that the Ripper wore on his murderous expeditions. I notified the Scotland Yard authorities but at that time they refused to cooperate with me. Subsequently the young man was placed in confinement and removed to a lunatic 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."