|Jack the Ripper: A Suspect Guide
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Jill the Sailor
In 1955 the London Evening News told the interesting story of an ex-convict (name not revealed) who was told by a fellow prisoner that his wife was Jack the Ripper. The man told a tale of how he had been a steward on board a liner, and on his very last trip, picked up a prostitute. his wife found out about his indiscretion and refused to live with him, they however continued to occupy the same house. One morning the husband found a blood-stained pair of his trousers hanging out to dry. When he confronted his wife about this, she broke down and confessed that she had been killing prostitutes because one of 'their kind' had ruined their lives and seduced her husband. When she committed the murders she claimed she dressed as a sailor, and kept her nurses cloak and bonnet In her bag ready to change into when the deed was over, thus avoiding any suspicion, as the police were looking for a man. Her husband at first disbelieved her story, until she told him the name of her latest victim. it was (unsurprisingly) Mary Kelly. She stopped killing after hearing that a man had been arrested for the murders, and claimed that she would give herself up if the man was actually charged. Fortunately for her, he was not.
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