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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Was Jack the Ripper hanged in Dundee, Scotland in 1889?

William Henry Bury - Jack the Ripper suspectDundee is one of the four major cities of Scotland. Dundee is known as 'The City of Discovery' taking that name from Scott of the Antartic's ship "Discovery" which was built in Dundee and returned here a few years ago.

Author Euan MacPherson of Dundee claims that after fifteen years of research he is convinced that William Henry Bury, a disturbed man who arrived in Dundee from London by steamer in January 1889 is Jack the Ripper.

Bury murdered his wife in Dundee by strangling her and plunging a knife into her abdomen. MacPherson also claims the following:

The hangman who executed Bury in April 1889 later told a journalist that he was known to have been Jack the Ripper.

When Bury was arrested two messages in chalk were found at his lodging - one reading "Jack Ripper is at the back of this door".
Currently William Henry Bury, or W.H. Bury, is considered the 10th most likely Jack the Ripper suspect at a popular Ripper website.

Jack the Ripper suspects ranked by popular vote
:
  1. Maybrick, James
  2. Chapman, George
  3. Tumblety, Francis
  4. Barnett, Joseph
  5. Kosminski, Aaron
  6. Lodger, The
  7. Royal Conspiracy, The
  8. Thompson, Francis
  9. Druitt, Montague John
  10. Bury, W.H.
  11. Jill the Ripper
  12. Hutchinson, George (Br.)
  13. Ostrog, Michael
  14. Stephenson, R. D'Onston
  15. Sickert, Walter
  16. Kelly, James
  17. Cream, Dr. Thomas Neill
  18. Stephen, James Kenneth
  19. Albert Victor, Prince
  20. Pedachenko, Dr.
  21. Deeming, Frederick Bailey
  22. Carroll, Lewis
links:
Ripper' hanged in Dundee claim [grampiantv, Aug. 20, 2005]
Who are the most popular Ripper suspects? [casebook.org]
courtesy Prof Hex

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