Was Ellen the Real Target?

While the signature evidence and supporting evidence show that William Bury was Jack the Ripper, his motivation for committing the Ripper murders remains unknown.  Bury does not seem to have ever confessed to the murders, and so we can only speculate about his motive.  There are at least two reasonable possibilities, one or both of … [Read more…]

Postidentification Ripperology

It’s been nearly five years now since the first publication of the Bury ID and the ID has stood the test of time within the highly partisan world of Ripperology.  There is detailed signature evidence linking William Bury to five of the Jack the Ripper murders.  The specific combination of signature characteristics seen in the Ellen … [Read more…]

Schwartz and Eyewitness Memory

It is well understood by Ripperologists that eyewitness descriptions often contain inaccuracies, and so it is tempting for researchers to pay little heed to the various descriptions of Jack the Ripper provided by the eyewitnesses in the case.  Memory research is a complex and rapidly evolving area of psychology, and some interesting studies have appeared … [Read more…]

William Bury’s Height

The standard view is that William Bury was 5 feet 3½ inches tall.  This is the height given in Euan Macpherson’s The Trial of Jack the Ripper and William Beadle’s Jack the Ripper Unmasked, and these authors are evidently using the February 12, 1889 editions of The Dundee Advertiser and The Dundee Courier, the two newspapers that … [Read more…]