Bury and the Smith Murder

As I noted in Postidentification Ripperology, the identification of William Bury as Jack the Ripper still leaves a number of the Whitechapel murders unsolved, and one of these is the murder of the prostitute, Emma Smith, who was assaulted very early on the morning of April 3, 1888, and who died from an infection related … [Read more…]

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…]