|Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide|
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Dr Stanley was the fictitious name given to the Ripper by Leonard Matters in his 1929 book The Mystery Of Jack The Ripper. Stanley was supposedly a cancer specialist at a unnamed London hospital, who also had a private practice at his house in Portman Square. It is said Dr Stanley took revenge on the prostitute, who on boat race night 1886, gave his beloved son Herbert, who was a brilliant medical student, a particularly virulent form of syphilis that killed him within two years. The prostitutes name was Mary Kelly. After killing her, along with her friends, he fled to Buenos Aires in Argentina, where he died in 1918 from cancer. No records exist in any London hospital for Dr Stanley, nor at his residence in Portman Square. It should also be noted that syphilis takes far longer to kill than two years.
The first signs of syphilis occur approximately one month after infection, the symptoms then recede and the disease stays dormant for a period of up to ten or twenty years, before the third stage manifest itself. Death generally occurs within a further three or four years.
Stanley makes the assumption that the victims were known to each other, though there is no evidence to support this. There is also no evidence to substantiate the claim that Mary Kelly had syphilis.
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