New Theory: Jack the Ripper Was a Woman
New book claims doctor's wife did the dirty deeds
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2012 9:30 AM CDT
Updated May 13, 2012 9:58 AM CDT
A member of staff is seen reflected in "The Illustrated Police News" on display during a press preview for the exhibition "Jack the Ripper and the East End" at the Museum in Docklands, London.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

(Newser) – The sadistic killer who struck London in 1888, killing five prostitutes over a 10-week span may have been ... a woman? A new book (titled the says-it-all Jack the Ripper: The Hand of a Woman) puts forth a new theory: That Jack the Ripper was indeed a female, specifically one named Lizzie Williams, wife of royal physician Sir John Williams. Author John Morris tells the Birmingham Mail that "numerous clues scattered throughout the crimes, taken individually, may mean little, but when grouped together a strong case for a woman murderer begins to emerge."

What are these clues? For one, Lizzie was unable to bear children, which makes the fact that three of the prostitutes' wombs were removed suspect. Morris believes a crazed Lizzie Williams decided to take revenge on those who could have children, and notes that she suffered a breakdown after the murders. Supporting Morris' case: The women weren't sexually assaulted, and bits of a woman's cape, skirt, and hat were recovered from the fireplace of the final woman to die, Mary Jane Kelly. Except Kelly had never been seen wearing the items—and she was reportedly having an affair with Sir John Williams, who was himself considered a prime suspect. Lizzie Williams died in 1912, having never been interviewed about the murders.

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Sep 25, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
I think Jack the Ripper might have been a women too. The reason why I feel that way is because a lot of women was frighten after the Jack the ripper murders, so they would not have trust men so easily, unless it was someone they knew ,or a women. Women trust other women especially in that time. They will take food from another women without thinking it's poison /or drug (unless the other women is his mistress/wife/mother in law. LOL!) . Jack the ripper has to be someone who unassuming. Which also point to Jack being a women.
Jan 20, 2013 4:31 PM CST
My curiosity is has anyone ever wondered weather the killer was a man wanting to be a woman. The man could have been fixated over women, but then again who knows. Anyways this killer is long gone in the past I doubt it matters anymore inless people are worried some other person is going to try to re-create Jack the ripper.
May 13, 2012 2:06 PM CDT
Jill the Ripper is a new theory? This will come as a surprise to everyone who has been pushing it for 20 years