The Claims Of Stowell

Posted: May 21, 2009 in Prince Albert Victor
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Edward, Duke of Clarence, grandson of Queen Victoria, once heir to the throne of England, was Jack the Ripper, hints Thomas Stowell, surgeon and respected British author.

Jack the Ripper Grandson Of Queen Victoria, Claim

LONDON (UPI) – Citing as evidence an article published today about Jack the Ripper, a London newspaper has suggested London’s 1888’s sex killer was the grandson of Queen Victoria and heir to the throne of England.
The Sunday Times raised the name of Duke of Clarence, Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria, brother to George V and heir to the throne on the strength of an article in the journal Criminology by surgeon Dr. Thomas Stowell.
"All the points of Mr. Stowell’s odd story fit this man," the newspaper said in an article on the still-unidentified killer of at least five prostitutes in London’s East End.
"The evidence suggests that the murderer was a man so senior in the hierarchy of the land, of so noble a family that the police, when they realized who was involved, were forced to conceal his identity," the criminology article said.
Stowell said he knew who the killer was but refused to identify him. "I would never dream of doing harm to a family whom I love and admire he wrote," but he supplied a detailed series of clues.
"Jack the Ripper, he said, "was" the heir to power and wealth. His family, for 50 years, had earned the love and admiration of large numbers of people by its devotion to public service."
"His grandmother, who outlived him, was very much the stern, Victorian matriarch, widely and deeply respected. His father, to whose title he was the heir, was a gay cosmopolitan and did much to improve the status of England internationally," Stowell said.
Stowell referred to his suspect as "S", who at the age of 16 went on a world tour during which he contracted syphilis. The disease gradually began to dominate his life, Stowell added.
The Sunday Times said the suspect resigned his commission at age 24 after a raid on a homosexual brothel, the name of which had been linked to a member of the royal family.
Sir William Gull, the royal doctor, treated "S", Stowell said. Gull’s daughter, Caroline Acland, a friend of Stowell, who is now in his 80’s, described an 1889 entry in her father’s diary to him which said "informed blank that his son was dying of syphilis of the brain."
According to Stowell, Gull realized his patient was Jack the Ripper and asked commissioner of police Sir Charles Warren to keep the name secret. For that reason, he contended, many of the clues of the killer’s identity were destroyed, including at least one message by Warren himself.
Police vigilance relaxed in November 1888, because the police knew the killer had been restrained in a mental home, Stowell said.
Prince Albert Victor, first child of King Edward VII, who was the eldest son of Queen Victoria, was born in 1864 and was on a world tour from 1879 to 1882. He died early in 1892, at the age of 28, outlived by his grandmother, Queen Victoria who died in 1901.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, N.Y., Tuesday Nov. 3, 1970, page 9


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